Title

Factors Affecting Disruption in Families of Adults With Mental Illness

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

8 p.

Publication Date

10-2014

Publisher

Wiley

Source Publication

Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

Source ISSN

1744-6163

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1111/ppc.12047

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study examined relationships between vulnerability/risk and protective factors, and family functioning in women family members of adults with serious mental illness.

DESIGN AND METHODS: Using a descriptive, correlational design, this secondary analysis examined characteristics of the family member with mental illness (e.g., diagnosis, level of care) and measures of caregiver stigma and strain, client dependence, family disruption, sense of coherence, and resourcefulness.

FINDINGS: Family disruption was greatest inwomenwho provided direct care and whose family member had major depression, followed by bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and panic disorder. Sense of coherence and resourcefulness were associated with lower family disruption, but did not mediate the effects of caregiver strain.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Interventions restricted to one family member may be insufficient for improving the family functioning.

Comments

Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, Vol. 50, No. 4 (October 2014): 235-242. DOI.

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