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|Title||The Impact of Family Support on Recovery of Depressed Patients in Gaza Governorates|
Background: Family support among depressed patients is an important factor in recovery from many mental illnesses. Objectives: the overall objective of this study was to assess the impact of family support in recovery of depressed patients in Gaza governorates. Specific objectives were to assess the effect of family emotional, instrumental, informational status on recovery of depressed patients, and to identify the effects of group with common interest on recovery of depressed patients, and the last objective was to assess the relationship between demographical variables of family and recovery of depressed patients. Study design: Cross sectional design was used. Methods: one hundred and seventy two depressed patients and those families received questionnaires (family support scale and recovery from depression scale) in six community mental health clinics in Gaza governorates, the participants from major depression disorders diagnosed in 2009-2010 years, to fill questionnaires including the demographic data. Collected data was entered and analyzed using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS). Results: Prevalence rate of recovery from depression that received family support was 68.46%, and family support rate was 69.65% . The results revealed that there is a significant relationship between family support and level of recovery of depressed patients. The rate of recovery of depression is negatively affected by the duration of the illness and positively affected by the educational level of family. Conclusion: It is concluded from this study that family support has positive effect and increases the recovery prevalence among depressed patients. Integrating patients with social and family network are important in increasing the recovery process.
|Publisher||الجامعة الإسلامية - غزة|
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