Larry Seidman, Ph.D.
Benjamin Brent, M.D., M.S., Anthony Giuliano, Ph.D., Michelle
Yakoobian-Friedman Ph.D., and Robert Waldinger, M.D.
Elizabeth LaSalvia, M.D.
We are conducting a study to learn more about how individuals in the early
phase of a psychotic illness think about the symptoms of their illness and
need for psychiatric treatment. The study will explore the way that
patients' beliefs and feelings about having a psychotic illness relate to
the perspectives of their family members and to other aspects of patients'
To learn more about how qualities in family members and the broader
social context may impact patients' thoughts and feelings about their
illness (i.e., their degree of "insight" into their illness.)
To learn about how characteristic of the social context and thinking
difficulties (such as problems with memory and attention) together
impact patients' insight into illness
What does the study involve?
Patients select one parent or primary caregiver to come in on a
one-time basis for 3-4 hours of interviews.
Patients and family members complete semi-structured interviews and
self-reports having to do with beliefs and feelings about psychosis, in
addition to completing a brief assessment of thinking abilities.
This study is available at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center's
Prevention and Recovery from Early Psychosis (PREP) program
Who can participate?
Individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective
disorder, or schizophreniform disorder, who live with (or have
significant contact with) at least 1 family member who is also
interested in participating in the study.
Participants must be 18 years old.
Participants cannot have dementia, neurodegenerative disease, pervasive
developmental disorder, or be recovering from a traumatic brain injury
Participants cannot be currently dependent on street drugs or alcohol
For more information, please contact:
Benjamin Brent, M.D, M.S.