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Coping strategies in carers of patients with first episode psychosis.

A/Professor Sue Cotton

The aim of this study was to examine strategies carers use to cope with the burden of caring for a young person with first episode psychosis (FEP).  This study was part of a RCT focusing on the effectiveness of a bibliotherapy intervention for carers of FEP patients, in terms of reducing burden and psychological distress. Baseline data on the 28-item Ways of Coping (MacCarthy & Brown, 1989) scale was available for 124 carers aged from 18-66 years. Principal axis factoring with olbimin rotation was used to determine the number of factors that could be used to characterize carer’s coping strategies. Correlational and regression analyses were used to determine how the factors related to carers’ demographics, burden, psychological well-being and expressed emotion (EE).  


12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
13-14 May 2013 Melbourne, Australia.
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A/Professor Sue Cotton

A/Prof Sue Cotton is a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.  She is a psychologist and senior biostatistician in the Statistics Unit at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre.  Her work involves the integration of the fields of biostatistics, clinical research methodology, psychology, and psychiatric research. Findings from her research activities have contributed to the scientific literature and reflect her areas of strength in these fields. Sue has completed a number of degrees including a BBSc(Honours), GradDipAppSc (Statistics), and a MAppSci (Statistics). In 2006, she completed a PhD with her thesis focusing on conceptual and methodological issues in the diagnosis of developmental dyslexia. Concurrently to her Ph.D. studies, she completed the clinical training of the MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) program. She has been employed in various research positions in academic, allied health and mental health settings. She has been involved in studies on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, sleep and behaviour problems in children with developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disorders.

Co-authors: Prof Terence McCann, Prof John Gleeson, Mr Kingsley Crisp, Ms Lisa Catania, Prof Dan Lubman
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