Sibling perception of schizophrenia: impact on relationships, roles, and health
NLM Title Abbreviation
Issues Ment Health Nurs
Issues in Mental Health Nursing
DOI of Published Version
This descriptive field study examined the impact of schizophrenia on 30 adult siblings of patients with schizophrenia. Sibling perceptions of impact on roles, relationships, and health were investigated. Findings revealed that schizophrenia brings about changes in all relationships, but the relationship most affected was that with the ill sibling. Participants experienced grief over loss of the sibling and had difficulty maintaining the relationship. Leisure activities were influenced, as were school and work performance. A significant relationship between health and impact was found. The results of this study provide a basis for developing sibling-specific interventions.
Siblings, Schizophrenia, Personal Loss, Interpersonal Relations, Health Status, Psychosocial Aspects of Illness, Attitude to Mental Illness, Field Studies, Descriptive Research, Grief, Nonparametric Statistics, Audiorecording, Summated Rating Scaling, Content Validity, Face Validity, Open-Ended Questionnaires, Midwestern United States, Thematic Analysis, Descriptive Statistics, Interrater Reliability, Chi Square Test, Family Relations, Adult, Middle Age, Male, Female, Human
Published Article/Book Citation
Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 16:3 (1995) pp.225-238.