Professional views of supporting relatives of mental health clients with severe mental illness

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Professional views of supporting relatives of mental health clients with severe mental illness
Author Hjärthag, Fredrik ; Persson, Karin ; Ingvarsdotter, Karin ; Östman, Margareta
Date 2017
English abstract
Background: Supporting families where one person suffers from long-term severe mental illness (SMI) is essential, but seems hard to reach. The aim of this study was to examine professionals’ views of supporting relatives of persons with SMI. Material: Individual interviews mirroring personal narratives and group interviews reflecting group-processed answers were conducted among 23 professionals and analyzed thematically. Results: Three themes emerged: (a) information and group interaction reduces stigma and increases well-being, (b) professionals need to feel secure and confident about how the support structure works and (c) collaboration is difficult but required on several levels. Conclusion: Trusting relationships with families were considered important, although seldom achieved; professionals wished to feel secure in their role toward relatives of a person with SMI; and professionals wanted to feel confident when working together with other services to support families.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020764016682268 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher SAGE
Host/Issue International Journal of Social Psychiatry;1
Volume 63
ISSN 0020-7640
Pages 63-69
Language eng (iso)
Subject severe mental illness
family member
professionals
support
family intervention
Sciences
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/22380 Permalink to this page
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