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Professional views of supporting relatives of mental health clients with severe mental illness.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
Malmö högskola.
Malmö Högskola.
Malmö högskola.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, ISSN 0020-7640, E-ISSN 1741-2854, Vol. 63, no 1, 63-69 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 63, no 1, 63-69 p.
Keyword [en]
Severe mental illness; family intervention; family member; professionals; support
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47846DOI: 10.1177/0020764016682268ISI: 000394894700009PubMedID: 28135999OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-47846DiVA: diva2:1071811
Available from: 2017-02-06 Created: 2017-02-06 Last updated: 2017-10-19Bibliographically approved

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