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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2017, Volume : 7, Issue : 2
First page : ( 163) Last page : ( 167)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2017.00033.7

Impact of Having a Family Member with Major Mental Illness: Do there exists Differences perceived among Spouse-and non-spouse family members?

Kurian Bincy1,*, Mathew Preeti2,**, Bivin JB3,***

1Indian College of Nursing, Hongasandra, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India-560068

2Department of Mental Health Nursing, Mar Baselios College of Nursing, Kothamangalam, KL-686691-India

3Mental Health Centre, Trivandrum-05

*Corresponding Author Email: mail.bincy@gmail.com

**mathew.preeti@gmail.com

***bivin.jb@gmail.com

Online published on 23 June, 2017.

Abstract

Major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorders not only affect the individual but also the persons who are in their family too. An exploratory study was undertaken with an aim to identify how family members perceive that having another member in their family with major mental illness could affect their life. Data was obtained from 120 family members who accompanied with the mentally ill persons during their visits to a psychiatric outpatient unit using a structured interview schedule. Data was pooled and analyzed based on the objectives of the study using SPSS v.12. There were no statistical differences in the item-specific or domainwise mean impact scores between spouses and non-spouses. Planning interventions including the family members would be beneficial towards speedy recovery among patients with major mental illness.

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Keywords

Home management, Schizophrenia, Family caregivers.

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