Can parental responses to adult children with schizophrenia be conceptualized in terms of loss and grief? A case study analysis.
Osborne, J and Coyle, A (2002) Can parental responses to adult children with schizophrenia be conceptualized in terms of loss and grief? A case study analysis. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 15 (307). pp. 307-323.
It has been suggested that parental responses to adult children with schizophrenia may involve feelings of loss and grief, centred around loss of the pre-morbid version of their child. In this exploratory study, an in-depth case study analysis of four parental accounts of their responses was undertaken in order to obtain insights into whether these responses can be conceptualized in terms of loss and grief, with the aim of informing therapeutic practice with parents in this position. Information was also obtained on how parents coped with the reactions that their child's condition elicited in them. Data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. In relation to the central research question, it was found that the perception of loss was not uniform amongst participants. Three acknowledged a sense of loss, at least to some extent, but one parent resisted such an interpretation because she perceived a continuity over time in her son's behaviour and she also challenged her son's diagnosis. One parent acknowledged a loss of his daughter's pre-morbid self but qualified this by pointing to her continued physical presence. The usefulness of existing models of grief is examined in light of the findings. The implications for the practice of counselling psychology are discussed.
|Divisions :||Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology|
|Date :||1 December 2002|
|Identification Number :||10.1080/09515070210151779|
|Additional Information :||This is a pre-press version of an article published in Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 15, 307 - 323 . Click here to access the published version. © 2002 Taylor and Francis Group.|
|Depositing User :||Mr Adam Field|
|Date Deposited :||27 May 2010 14:43|
|Last Modified :||23 Sep 2013 18:34|
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