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Factors Affecting Disruption in Families of Adults With Mental Illness
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 50, Issue 4, pages 235–242, October 2014
How to Cite
Suresky, M. J., Zauszniewski, J. A. and Bekhet, A. K. (2014), Factors Affecting Disruption in Families of Adults With Mental Illness. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 50: 235–242. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12047
- Issue published online: 16 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Received: 16 SEP 2013
This study examined relationships between vulnerability/risk and protective factors, and family functioning in women family members of adults with serious mental illness.
Design and Methods
Using a descriptive, correlational design, this secondary analysis examined characteristics of the family member with mental illness (e.g., diagnosis, level of care) and measures of caregiver stigma and strain, client dependence, family disruption, sense of coherence, and resourcefulness.
Family disruption was greatest in women who provided direct care and whose family member had major depression, followed by bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and panic disorder. Sense of coherence and resourcefulness were associated with lower family disruption, but did not mediate the effects of caregiver strain.
Interventions restricted to one family member may be insufficient for improving the family functioning.