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PROVIDER AND FAMILY BELIEFS
REGARDING THE CAUSES OF SEVERE
Tina Marshall, Ph.D., Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D.,
Sara-Ann Steber, M.S.S., M.L.S.P., and Edie Mannion, M.F.T.
The study examined mental health providers’ and families’ of adults with se-
vere mental illness beliefs regarding the etiology of mental illness. A countywide
sample of 87 providers and family members was collected over a course of six
months as part of a consensus building process to institute family education.
Beliefs regarding the biological basis of mental illness are not replacing fam-
ily causation beliefs for providers and families. Instead, providers and families
hold biological and family causation theories regarding the etiology of mental
illness simultaneously. Providers with less family contact were more likely to
believe that families may cause mental illness, when controlling for race, gen-
der, education, and years working in mental health. Families with negative
Tina Marshall, Ph.D., is a Clinical Research Specialist at the Systems Evaluation Cen-
ter, University of Maryland at Baltimore, MD.
Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Social Work, University of Penn-
sylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Sara-Ann Steber, M.S.S., M.L.S.P., is the Director of the Technical Assistance and Ed-
ucation Center at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, University
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Edie Mannion, M.F.T., is the Cofounder and Director of the Training, Education,
and Consultation Family Center at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Address correspondence to Dr. Tina Marshall, 3700 Koppers Street, Suite 402,
Baltimore, MD 21227; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2003 Human Sciences Press, Inc.