Exploring Coping Strategies of Culturally Diverse Family Members of Psychiatric Patients

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151060
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Presentation
Title:
Exploring Coping Strategies of Culturally Diverse Family Members of Psychiatric Patients
Abstract:
Exploring Coping Strategies of Culturally Diverse Family Members of Psychiatric Patients
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2010
Author:Eaton, Phyllis, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
P.I. Institution Name:Old Dominion University
Title:Senior Lecturer
21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: Mental illness affects more than 25% of the world's population (World Health Organization, 2002).ÿ The impact of this illness extends beyond the individual and into the family (Saunders, 2003). Post hospitalization, family members of psychiatric patients are being given the responsibility of providers of care (Enns, Reddon, & McDonald, 1999). Many families think they do not have the coping strategies to deal with this situation (Levine & Ligenza, 2002). Ineffective family coping may negatively impact the ÿtreatment outcomes for their mentally ill relative. According to the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health (2001) cultural differences are present in how a family copes with mental illness.ÿ Identification of the family member's coping strategies may aid in helping the family cope with their situation (O'Connell, 2006). Methods: In this exploratory research study, the coping strategies of 45 family members of hospitalized psychiatric patients were examined using a descriptive, correlational mixed method research approach.ÿ This study was guided by the Neuman Systems Model (Neuman, 1995) and using the Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scales (F-COPES; McCubbin, Olson, & Larsen, 1991) and semi-structured interviews. Results: This study found that these family members used more emotion-focused coping strategies than problem-focused coping strategies.ÿ The common coping strategies used by family members of hospitalized psychiatric patients were communicating with immediate family, acceptance of their situation, passive appraisal, avoidance, and spirituality. Conclusion: Using the Neuman Systems Model to help understand the environmental forces that impact the client system will offer nurses insight into the family's coping ability.ÿ By learning more about how culturally diverse families cope with mental illness, nurses will be able to provide interventions that support healthy family functioning. This understanding of how the family member of a psychiatric patient copes is essential in providing the best outcomes for the entire family.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleExploring Coping Strategies of Culturally Diverse Family Members of Psychiatric Patientsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151060-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Exploring Coping Strategies of Culturally Diverse Family Members of Psychiatric Patients</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Eaton, Phyllis, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Old Dominion University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Senior Lecturer</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">peaton@odu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: Mental illness affects more than 25% of the world's population (World Health Organization, 2002).&yuml; The impact of this illness extends beyond the individual and into the family (Saunders, 2003). Post hospitalization, family members of psychiatric patients are being given the responsibility of providers of care (Enns, Reddon, &amp; McDonald, 1999). Many families think they do not have the coping strategies to deal with this situation (Levine &amp; Ligenza, 2002). Ineffective family coping may negatively impact the &yuml;treatment outcomes for their mentally ill relative. According to the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health (2001) cultural differences are present in how a family copes with mental illness.&yuml; Identification of the family member's coping strategies may aid in helping the family cope with their situation (O'Connell, 2006). Methods: In this exploratory research study, the coping strategies of 45 family members of hospitalized psychiatric patients were examined using a descriptive, correlational mixed method research approach.&yuml; This study was guided by the Neuman Systems Model (Neuman, 1995) and using the Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scales (F-COPES; McCubbin, Olson, &amp; Larsen, 1991) and semi-structured interviews. Results: This study found that these family members used more emotion-focused coping strategies than problem-focused coping strategies.&yuml; The common coping strategies used by family members of hospitalized psychiatric patients were communicating with immediate family, acceptance of their situation, passive appraisal, avoidance, and spirituality. Conclusion: Using the Neuman Systems Model to help understand the environmental forces that impact the client system will offer nurses insight into the family's coping ability.&yuml; By learning more about how culturally diverse families cope with mental illness, nurses will be able to provide interventions that support healthy family functioning. This understanding of how the family member of a psychiatric patient copes is essential in providing the best outcomes for the entire family.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:50:43Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:50:43Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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