Professional views of supporting relatives of mental health clients with severe mental illness.
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 63, no 1, 63-69 p.
Severe mental illness; family intervention; family member; professionals; support
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47846DOI: 10.1177/0020764016682268PubMedID: 28135999OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-47846DiVA: diva2:1071811