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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151584
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Families Caring for Members With Mental Illness: Creating a Better World
Abstract:
Families Caring for Members With Mental Illness: Creating a Better World
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2005
Author:Schofield, Ruth, RN, MSc(T)
P.I. Institution Name:McMaster University
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Catherine Ward-Griffin, RN, PhD; Robin Coatsworth-Puspoky, RN, MScN; Sandra Vos, RN, MScN
The purpose of this qualitative, descriptive study was to explore the perspectives of individuals who were caring for a family member with a mental illness, with particular attention to housing, quality of supports and formal care services. Eleven focus groups with family caregivers (n=75) were conducted and analyzed using thematic analyses. Study findings revealed a ôcircle of careö, one in which family members supported the independence of the individual with mental illness, while attempting to protect their family member with mental illness. Interestingly, findings suggested that this circle of care contributed to a ôvicious cycleö of caregiving, mainly due to inadequate system supports for both the individual with mental illness and his/her family caregiver. Three major themes were identified within this cycle of caregiving: ôwitnessing inadequaciesö, ôworking behind the scenesö and ôcreating a better worldö. This paper will focus on the contextual factors of ôcreating a better worldö, such as national legislation, availability of resources, and sensitivity to mental illness, all of which shaped the experiences of participants caring for family members with mental illness. Implications for nursing practice, research and policy will also be discussed.
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.titleFamilies Caring for Members With Mental Illness: Creating a Better Worlden_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151584-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Families Caring for Members With Mental Illness: Creating a Better World</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">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Schofield, Ruth, RN, MSc(T)</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">McMaster University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">schofir@mcmaster.ca</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Catherine Ward-Griffin, RN, PhD; Robin Coatsworth-Puspoky, RN, MScN; Sandra Vos, RN, MScN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The purpose of this qualitative, descriptive study was to explore the perspectives of individuals who were caring for a family member with a mental illness, with particular attention to housing, quality of supports and formal care services. Eleven focus groups with family caregivers (n=75) were conducted and analyzed using thematic analyses. Study findings revealed a &ocirc;circle of care&ouml;, one in which family members supported the independence of the individual with mental illness, while attempting to protect their family member with mental illness. Interestingly, findings suggested that this circle of care contributed to a &ocirc;vicious cycle&ouml; of caregiving, mainly due to inadequate system supports for both the individual with mental illness and his/her family caregiver. Three major themes were identified within this cycle of caregiving: &ocirc;witnessing inadequacies&ouml;, &ocirc;working behind the scenes&ouml; and &ocirc;creating a better world&ouml;. This paper will focus on the contextual factors of &ocirc;creating a better world&ouml;, such as national legislation, availability of resources, and sensitivity to mental illness, all of which shaped the experiences of participants caring for family members with mental illness. Implications for nursing practice, research and policy will also be discussed.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:07:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:07:04Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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