- This paper reports a study that explored the experience of now older parents living with and caring for, an adult child with schizophrenia in Ireland.
- Parents reported mixed emotions that gave insight into the severe psychological distress they experienced when their son or daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia. The period immediately after diagnosis can be particularly stressful. On the contrary; parents also experienced acceptance of their new caring role underpinned by their sense of love and responsibility for their son or daughter with schizophrenia.
- There is a lack of studies on the experience and needs of parents of a son or daughter with schizophrenia in Ireland. This study offers insights from legitimate experts in illuminating what the experience is really like.
- A family-centred approach is required to deal with the uniqueness of individual parents' circumstances. Assessment and care planning should take into account the family as a unit.