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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
ISSN: 2349-2996(Online), 2231-1149(Print)
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Impact of Having a Family Member with Major Mental Illness: Do there exists Differences perceived among Spouse- and non-spouse family members?
Bincy Kurian1 , Preeti Mathew2 , Bivin JB3
1Indian College of Nursing, Hongasandra, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India-560068
2Department of Mental Health Nursing, Mar Baselios College of Nursing, Kothamangalam, KL-686691-INDIA
3Mental Health Centre, Trivandrum -05
Major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorders not only affect the individual but also the persons who are in their family too. An exploratory study was undertaken with an aim to identify how family members perceive that having another member in their family with major mental illness could affect their life. Data was obtained from 120 family members who accompanied with the mentally ill persons during their visits to a psychiatric outpatient unit using a structured interview schedule. Data was pooled and analyzed based on the objectives of the study using SPSS v.12. There were no statistical differences in the item-specific or domain-wise mean impact scores between spouses and non-spouses. Planning interventions including the family members would be beneficial towards speedy recovery among patients with major mental illness.
Home management, Schizophrenia, Family caregivers
Bincy Kurian, Preeti Mathew, Bivin JB. Impact of Having a Family Member with Major Mental Illness: Do there exists Differences perceived among Spouse- and non-spouse family members?. Asian J. Nur. Edu. and Research.2017; 7(2): 163-167.
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