Title

Sibling Perspectives on Schizophrenia and the Family

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

1-1-1993

NLM Title Abbreviation

Schizophr Bull

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Schizophrenia bulletin

PubMed ID

8235464

Abstract

Intensive audiotaped interviews with 14 adult siblings of schizophrenia patients were used to explore their experiences. Interviews focused on the ways adult siblings define and experience their sibling's mental illness and their participation in illness management. Cross-case analysis revealed that recognition of schizophrenia in a brother or sister was characterized by a pivotal, reorganizing event that redefined behavior previously viewed as difficult or different. Subjects' approach to the sibling's illness reflected three distinct patterns: collaborative, crisis-oriented, and detached. The impact of a mentally ill brother or sister on subjects' lives ranged from pervasive to discrete and was seen as emanating from the family and the sibling, but in different ways. These findings can help sensitize clinicians to the complex nature of sibling experiences as well as to the needs of siblings and their families.

Keywords

ILLNESS, Psychiatry

Published Article/Book Citation

Schizophrenia bulletin, 19:3 (1993) pp.637-647.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/153