An investigation of the relationship between psychotic-like experiences and adverse events in 18-14 year olds

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology


Caregivers play an important role in the treatment and recovery of people with psychosis. These caregivers can experience significant distress and have specific needs that are distinct from the service user. Caregivers require individualised interventions to reduce distress and improve well-being, in line with recent government mental health policies. However, responding to caregiver needs is not readily identified as being the main responsibility of anyone in clinical services. A small pilot study sought to evaluate the effect and acceptability of providing brief, needs led interventions for caregivers of service
users with psychosis. Four caregivers completed a brief, interactive and structured intervention that focused on facilitated access to reliable information about psychosis, goal setting, problem-solving, and sleep hygiene. Affect, coping and care-giving impact were assessed at baseline and post-intervention. Caregivers attended 2-3 individual intervention sessions. Post-intervention scores showed the interventions were successful in reducing
levels of psychological distress and depressive symptoms. Caregivers reported high levels of satisfaction with the intervention and both caregivers and team members thought it would be an acceptable intervention within the service. Larger scale studies are required to evaluate their impact and implications for staff training and cost in routine services, and on service user outcomes.
Date of Award2014
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • King's College London
SupervisorSuzanne Jolley (Supervisor) & Patrick Smith (Supervisor)

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