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Letters to the Editor
November 1998

Reviving Applied Family Intervention

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1998;55(11):1047-1048. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.55.11.1047

In their report on combined pharmacological and psychosocial maintenance treatment of schizophrenia, Schooler et al1 concluded that ". . .our study lends no support to the provision of an intervention involving home visits or training in communication and problem-solving skills." However, it must be pointed out that their study was neither an experimental test nor an indictment of family intervention. Moreover, while their study attempted to isolate the specific elements that differentiated 2 active family intervention conditions, we wish to forestall either premature acceptance or overgeneralization of their conclusions with the following points of clarification.

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