精神分裂症病患子女生活情境:病患及其配偶之經驗及看法

Translated title of the contribution: The life space of offspring with schizophrenic parents: The primary study of patients' and spouses' perceptions

蕭淑貞, 張秀如

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Abstract

With the approach of using a qualitative-description and quantitative-description research design, this study was conducted to explore the perception of schizophrenic patients and their spouses on family function, parenting behaviors, and social support system. The purpose is to understand how the schizophrenic patients and their children lived at home. On average, out-patients had a child or children under 15 years old at the time the patient was first diagnosed with mental illness. Ten patients and eight spouses were invited for a low structured interview. Then content analysis was used to encode their verbatim responses.
Three “construct themes” emerged from the peredption of their living experiences: (1) illness information processing, (2) self function processing, and (3) family role function processing. It was discovered that spouses are the primary social support system for patients, and their relatives are the primary social support system for spouses.
In summary, most patients and all spouses were aware of the psychotic illness and showed compliance with the medical direction. Regarding interpersonal relationship, eighty percent of patients showed withdrawal in their attitudes, and seventy percent of spouses were influenced by the illness. Most patients and their spouses thought that the schizophrenia influenced the performance on carrying out their jobs. Moreover, sixty percent of patients had no job at all. Seventy precent of patients believed that their disease had not interfered with the growth of thier children while sixty three spouses felt the opposite. Sixty seven of patient believed that their parenting behavior was adequate, while fifty of their spouses felt it was inadequate.
The major limitation of this study was the small number of samplings and the difficulty in interviewing patients. In spite of this limitation and problem, this research did provide an insight into the perceptions of the schizophrenic patients and their spouses on the environment in which their offsprings grew up. The contributions of this study will be both for community mental health care and for related research.
Translated title of the contributionThe life space of offspring with schizophrenic parents: The primary study of patients' and spouses' perceptions
Original languageTraditional Chinese
Pages (from-to)218-230
Number of pages13
JournalHu li yan jiu = Nursing research
Volume1
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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