Emotional profiles of families with a heart-operated patient: A pilot study

Giordano Invernizzi, Cinzia Bressi, Paolo Bertrando, Alberto Passerini, Andrea Giannelli, Massimo Clerici, Paolo Biglioli, Carlo L. Cazzullo

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Family interaction is a basic factor in determining the quality of life of patients undergoing heart surgery. The present study investigates the emotional attitudes in the relatives of 10 heart-operated patients. The results indicate that a high amount of relatives' emotional overinvolvement and warmth tends toward a correlation with lower anxiety and depression scores, and with a better 12-month outcome of the illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalPsychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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