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Until Death Do Us Part: Adult Relatives' Experiences of Everyday Life Close to Persons with Mental Ill-Health
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0208-4343
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6240-3559
2016 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, E-ISSN 1096-4673, Vol. 37, no 8, 602-608 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study illuminates adult relatives' experiences of everyday life close to a person with mental ill-health. The study was based on nine diaries and four narrative interviews with relatives of people with mental ill-health. Data were subjected to qualitative content analysis. The participants experienced everyday life as a constant fight, for better and for worse, with psychiatric care. They were fighting for the mentally ill person's right to care; sometimes they felt resigned, but yet they had a confidence in the care. Their mission in life was to sacrifice themselves, meaning that they felt indispensable and became lonely and socially isolated. They considered their mission to last until death set them apart because they were keeping a family secret, and had great worries about the future. We conclude that relatives experience a two-folded stigma in living close to a person with mental ill-health and in becoming lonely and socially isolated.

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2016. Vol. 37, no 8, 602-608 p.
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Psychiatry Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9682DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1192707ISI: 000382784800010PubMedID: 27327496Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84975256719OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9682DiVA: diva2:1057072
Available from: 2016-12-16 Created: 2016-08-10 Last updated: 2016-12-19Bibliographically approved

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