Between hope and worry: a phenomenological study of parents of outpatients with schizophrenia
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Background: In recent decades, most of the care for the severely mentally ill has shifted from hospital care to care in the community. In the community, the families' responsibilities for care and support has increased. The objectives of the present study were to describe the experiences and strategies when being a parent of an outpatient with schizophrenia. Two researchers interviewed eight parents of outpatients with schizophrenia. A phenomenological perspective guided the study and the analysis was performed in accordance with the Empirical Phenomenological Psychological Method (EPP). Four themes created the meaniog of liviog with a mentally ill child. These themes were: emotions in parenthood, change in the families, interaction with others and adaptation to the illness
The results have been interpreted and discussed io the light of the first onset of the ilioess, loss and grief and the creation of meaning and hope.
Conclusion: these results suggest that atl the parents in the present study experienced a loss of their former child, underwent a grief process, needed to interact with others and used emotionally focused coping strategies.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85070OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-85070DiVA: diva2:564059