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Nearly all of the controlled research on effectiveness has been conducted in outpatient clinics and community mental health centers, beginning treatment in several studies during an inpatient hospital stay. The multifamily group model was developed in a partial hospital in the South Bronx of New York City. The extent to which family psychoeducation can be successfully adapted to other types of provider agencies is not known. Ranz and colleagues developed an adaptation for application in community residences, with or without family participation, that appeared to alleviate stresses within the residences and improved outcomes, but a rigorous trial of this approach has not been completed (36).



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