Staff members' feelings toward psychiatric patients related to their own and the patient's self-image and gender
2003 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, Vol. 44, no 2, 69-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The relation between staff members' feelings toward a patient and their own and the patient's self-image in different gender combination groups was studied. Staff at 16 psychiatric treatment homes for patients with severe psychopathology reported their feelings toward their patients on a number of occasions. At the start of treatment, both staff members and patients rated their self-images using the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB). Male staff seemed less influenced by the patient, with their feelings relating mainly to aspects of their own self-image, while the feelings of the female staff were more related to the patient's self-image. The patient's diagnosis was less important for a staff member's feelings than that member's self-image. Generally, the relation between feelings and self-image was stronger for negative feelings. The results point to the importance of understanding more about the influence of staff members' self-structure on their negative feelings toward their patients and how this relates to both the staff member's and patient's gender.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 44, no 2, 69-77 p.
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-33558DOI: 10.1111/1467-9450.00323Local ID: 19587OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-33558DiVA: diva2:254381