Lessons Learned From Research With Adolescents With Schizophrenia and Their Families

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to present our experiences of conducting a randomized clinical trial of a self-management intervention for adolescents with schizophrenia and their families.

Challenges and strategies of recruiting subjects; engaging families in self-management intervention; tailoring interventions for this population were discussed. Participants' comments on their experience were presented. Adolescents and their families are poorly prepared to manage schizophrenia; therefore psychosocial interventions should address their needs. Impaired cognitive functioning in adolescents with schizophrenia should be a target for interventions and should be considered in planning interventions.

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