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Parents’ experiences of caring for sons and daughters with schizophrenia: a qualitative analysis of coping

Knudson, B and Coyle, A (2002) Parents’ experiences of caring for sons and daughters with schizophrenia: a qualitative analysis of coping European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, 5 (2). pp. 169-183. ISSN 1364-2537

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Abstract

This study used a coping framework (Lazarus and Folkman 1984) to explore experiences of caring for a son or daughter with schizophrenia. Eight parents of people with schizophrenia were interviewed about their experiences and the transcripts of these interviews were subjected to thematic content analysis. The analysis indicated that negative symptoms represented the most burdensome stressor for parents and that coping strategies shifted from problem-focused to more emotion-focused forms (such as acceptance). In relation to the resources that were available to parents, the results indicated that support from social networks and mental health services was generally perceived to have been lacking. However, both informational and emotional support were available from self-help groups for relatives/carers. The implications of this study for therapeutic practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-press version of an article published in the European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Health, , 5, 169-183. Click here to access the published version. © 2002 Taylor and Francis Group.
Uncontrolled Keywords: schizophrenia, careers, coping, social support
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:43
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:34
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1718

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