Rate of family violence among patients with schizophrenia in Japan

Masako Kageyama, Keiko Yokoyama, Satoko Nagata, Sachiko Kita, Yukako Nakamura, Sayaka Kobayashi, Phyllis Solomon

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Family violence is a serious concern in the era of deinstitutionalization in Japan. Consequently, we aimed to clarify the rate of family violence among patients with schizophrenia, and differences by sex and relationship to the patient. We asked households belonging to a family group association to complete a self-administered mail survey. Of 350 households that responded, data for 302 were analyzed. The rate of violence toward any family member was 60.9% over the lifetime and 27.2% in the past year. Order of lifetime rates for family members from highest to lowest was 51.0% for mothers, 47.0% for fathers, 30.7% for younger sisters, 23.8% for spouses, 19.5% for younger brothers, 18.2% for older sisters, 17.1% for older brothers, and none for children. Younger sisters were more likely to be victims compared to other siblings. Fathers and older brothers were likely to be victims when patients were male.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-660
Number of pages9
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 24


  • family caregiving
  • family violence
  • schizophrenia
  • severe mental illness
  • siblings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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