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Title: A brief mindfulness-based family psychoeducation intervention for Chinese young adults with first episode psychosis : a study protocol
Authors: Lo, HHM 
Ho, WC
Lau, ENS
Lo, CW
Mak, WWS
Ng, SM
Wong, SYS
Wong, JOY
Lui, SSY
Lin, ECL
Poon, MF
Choi, K
Leung, CWC
Keywords: Mindfulness-based intervention
Family psychoeducation
Mixed methods
Randomized controlled clinical study
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Source: Frontiers in psychology, 11 Mar. 2019, v. 10, 516, p. 1-13 How to cite?
Journal: Frontiers in psychology 
Abstract: Family psychoeducation (FPE) has been recommended as a major component in the treatment of psychosis. Many previous studies have implemented an intensive program design that often only emphasized improvements in patients' illness outcomes but the benefits for caregivers were limited. There have been calls for a time-limited but cost-effective FPE program to mitigate the looming reality of the suffering of people with psychosis and their families. A Brief Mindfulness-Based Family Psychoeducation for psychosis program is developed to reduce caregivers' burden and promote young adult's recovery. A randomized controlled trial will be conducted to compare this intervention with an ordinary FPE intervention. Both arms will involve six sessions, with a total contact time of 12 h. 300 caregivers of young adults who have experienced first episode psychosis within last 3 years will be recruited. Program effectiveness will be assessed by comparing outcomes measuring the caregivers' burden, mental health symptoms, positive well-being, and the young adult's mental health symptoms during the study and at 9-month post-randomization. The role of expressed emotions, interpersonal mindfulness, and non-attachment in mediating these outcomes will be explored. An additional qualitative approach Photovoice is selected to explore the complex family experiences and the benefits of mindfulness from the caregivers' personal perspectives.
EISSN: 1664-1078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00516
Rights: Copyright © 2019 Lo, Ho, Lau, Lo, Mak, Ng, Wong, Wong, Lui, Lo, Lin, Poon, Choi and Leung. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY)( The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
The following publication Lo HH-M, Ho W-C, Lau EN-S, Lo C-W, Mak WWS, Ng S-M, Wong SY-S, Wong JO-Y, Lui SSY, Lo CS-L, Lin EC-L, Poon M-F, Choi K and Leung CW-C (2019) A Brief Mindfulness-Based Family Psychoeducation Intervention for Chinese Young Adults With First Episode Psychosis: A Study Protocol. Front. Psychol. 10:516, 13 pages is available at
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