Title

Factors Associated with the Emotional Distress of Women Family Members of Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

6 p.

Publication Date

4-2014

Publisher

Elsevier

Source Publication

Archives of Psychiatric Nursing

Source ISSN

0883-9417

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2013.11.003

Abstract

Women family members of adults with serious mental illness are at great risk for emotional distress. This study examined associations between characteristics of 60 women (age, race, and education), their relatives with mental illness (age, diagnosis, and years since diagnosis), and the family situation (relationship, living arrangements, and care provided) and symptoms of emotional distress. Depressive symptoms were greater among those with younger, non-sibling relatives. Anxiety was greater among Caucasians and those with a recently diagnosed family member, particularly bipolar disorder. Anger was associated with providing direct care. The findings are informative for tailoring interventions to minimize emotional distress in future family caregivers.

Comments

Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, Vol. 28, No. 2 (April 2014): 102-107. DOI.

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