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Evid Based Nurs 3:133 doi:10.1136/ebn.3.4.133
  • Qualitative

Dealing with a family member who has a mental illness was a long term, frustrating, and confusing process before acceptance occurred


 
 QUESTION: How do parents, spouses, siblings, and children manage their emotions over time when dealing with a family member who has unipolar depression, manic depression, or schizophrenia?

Design

Analysis of data from 50 interviews, which were done as part of a larger ethnographic study.

Setting

Belmont, Massachusetts, USA.

Participants

50 participants (70% women, 96% white) were identified from a support group, newspaper advertisements, and recommendations from participants. 18 were parents, 13 were spouses, 10 were children, and 9 were siblings. Occupations were professional (26%), white collar (22%), clerical (16%), blue collar (8%), student (12%), and unemployed (16%).

Methods

Interviews were 2–3 hours long and were audiotaped and transcribed. Data on emotions that accompanied duty, obligation, and responsibility were collated and analysed to develop themes related to living with a family member who has a mental illness.

Main findings

4 stages in the evolution of the caregiving experience influenced emotions: before a diagnosis, getting a diagnosis, recognising the permanence of …

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