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Professional views of supporting relatives of mental health clients with severe mental illness
Department of Psychology, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, ISSN 0020-7640, E-ISSN 1741-2854, Vol. 63, no 1, p. 63-69Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Supporting families where one person suffers from long-term severe mental illness (SMI) is essential, but seems hard to reach. The aim of this study was to examine professionals’ views of supporting relatives of persons with SMI. Material: Individual interviews mirroring personal narratives and group interviews reflecting group-processed answers were conducted among 23 professionals and analyzed thematically. Results: Three themes emerged: (a) information and group interaction reduces stigma and increases well-being, (b) professionals need to feel secure and confident about how the support structure works and (c) collaboration is difficult but required on several levels. Conclusion: Trusting relationships with families were considered important, although seldom achieved; professionals wished to feel secure in their role toward relatives of a person with SMI; and professionals wanted to feel confident when working together with other services to support families.

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 63, no 1, p. 63-69
Keywords [en]
severe mental illness, family member, professionals, support, family intervention
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-15228DOI: 10.1177/0020764016682268ISI: 000394894700009PubMedID: 28135999Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85011545362Local ID: 22380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-15228DiVA, id: diva2:1418749
Available from: 2020-03-30 Created: 2020-03-30 Last updated: 2024-06-17Bibliographically approved

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