Relatives of patients with depression: Experiences of everyday life
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 28, no 3, 564-571 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to describe experiences of everyday life as a relative of a person diagnosed with depression. A qualitative and descriptive design with a phenomenographic approach was chosen, and individual interviews with 24 relatives were carried out. Approval was given by the Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics, Norway (South East) ref 2010/126. The findings show the main category ‘Living on the other person’s terms’, which may be expressed in terms of consideration for the next of kin, thus presenting a challenge and a need to be balanced against taking care of oneself. In addition, three descriptive categories emerged: ‘Ambivalent relationship’, ‘Adjusting daily life’ and ‘Managing the situation’. In conclusion, the relatives of persons with depression may be in danger of developing their own health problems and in need for attention from health personnel.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Vol. 28, no 3, 564-571 p.
depression; everyday life; inpatient; phenomenography; relatives
Research subject Nursing Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35935DOI: 10.1111/scs.12082ISI: 000340288100016PubMedID: 24111931OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-35935DiVA: diva2:809022