Social support: A useful tool in the management of psychotic disorders

frances nelles morin, Emma Mitchell, Arun Dhir, Andrea Jones


Psychotic disorders are a major source of disability worldwide. Individuals living with psychotic disorders may be particularly vulnerable to low social support and reduced social support networks, and social support interventions represent a promising method to encourage functional recovery and improve quality of life for this population. Understanding the specific changes in social support perception, satisfaction, network size and structure throughout the course of psychotic illnesses, and how these factors interact with psychotic symptoms, is therefore key to creating effective social support interventions for this population. Here, we provide a narrative overview of the literature on differences seen in the social support for individuals living with psychotic disorders, and the clinical use of family and peer-based social support interventions.

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