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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165884
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Health Perceptions And Suicidality In Homeless Youth: Preliminary Findings
Author(s):
Saunders, Jana
Author Details:
Jana Saunders, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medical College of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA, email: jsaunder@mail.mcg.edu
Abstract:
Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness which is stressful, not only for patients, but also for family members. Because individuals with schizophrenia frequently live at home with family members, rather than in institutions, schizophrenia is a significant family concern. Effective family functioning in families with schizophrenia may be influenced by a variety of psychosocial factors. The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of family coping behaviors, family psychological distress, family social support, and patient behavioral problems on family functioning in families providing care for a family member with a schizophrenia. Family Stress Theory provided the theoretical framework for this study. The sample included 58 families providing care for a family member with schizophrenia. The majority of the caregivers were mothers, married, and college educated. The mean age of the caregiver was 59 years, with an average of 17 years providing care for their family member. The instruments consisted of a demographic data sheet, and five questionnaires: The Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scales (F-COPES), the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), the Personal Resource Questionnaire (PRQ), the Client Behavioral Problems Scale (CBPS), and the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales (FACES II). Correlation coefficients showed that better family functioning was associated with use of more family coping behaviors, more family social support, less family psychological distress, and less patient behavioral problems. Multiple regression showed that 25% of the variance in family functioning was explained by family psychological distress and patient behavioral problems. Two of the hypotheses were supported: family psychological distress and patient behavioral problems were negatively related to family functioning and social support levels were positively related to family functioning. Findings indicate that family psychological distress and patient behavioral problems are important factors in family functioning. This knowledge may be useful for mental health nurses in assessing families and developing nursing interventions to more effectively meet the needs of families providing care for a family member with schizophrenia. Further research is needed to test nursing interventions designed to reduce family psychological distress and patient behavioral problems.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Host:
Southern Nursing Research Society
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHealth Perceptions And Suicidality In Homeless Youth: Preliminary Findingsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSaunders, Janaen_US
dc.author.detailsJana Saunders, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medical College of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA, email: jsaunder@mail.mcg.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165884-
dc.description.abstractSchizophrenia is a severe mental illness which is stressful, not only for patients, but also for family members. Because individuals with schizophrenia frequently live at home with family members, rather than in institutions, schizophrenia is a significant family concern. Effective family functioning in families with schizophrenia may be influenced by a variety of psychosocial factors. The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of family coping behaviors, family psychological distress, family social support, and patient behavioral problems on family functioning in families providing care for a family member with a schizophrenia. Family Stress Theory provided the theoretical framework for this study. The sample included 58 families providing care for a family member with schizophrenia. The majority of the caregivers were mothers, married, and college educated. The mean age of the caregiver was 59 years, with an average of 17 years providing care for their family member. The instruments consisted of a demographic data sheet, and five questionnaires: The Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scales (F-COPES), the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), the Personal Resource Questionnaire (PRQ), the Client Behavioral Problems Scale (CBPS), and the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales (FACES II). Correlation coefficients showed that better family functioning was associated with use of more family coping behaviors, more family social support, less family psychological distress, and less patient behavioral problems. Multiple regression showed that 25% of the variance in family functioning was explained by family psychological distress and patient behavioral problems. Two of the hypotheses were supported: family psychological distress and patient behavioral problems were negatively related to family functioning and social support levels were positively related to family functioning. Findings indicate that family psychological distress and patient behavioral problems are important factors in family functioning. This knowledge may be useful for mental health nurses in assessing families and developing nursing interventions to more effectively meet the needs of families providing care for a family member with schizophrenia. Further research is needed to test nursing interventions designed to reduce family psychological distress and patient behavioral problems.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T14:35:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T14:35:44Z-
dc.conference.hostSouthern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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