We present here an exploratory descriptive investigation about the needs of the caregivers of patients with severe mental illness (SMI) referring to a mental health service of a Southern Italian city. Twelve caregivers were queried, as experienced contacts, about their own emotional involvement and their relationship with the patient by means of a semi-structured interview. Interviews were subjected to a qualitative thematic-categorical analysis. The results reveal painful experiences of anguish and feelings of inadequacy stemming from care-giving, which gravely impact the caregivers' personal well-being and family relations.
Family Burden, Communication of Diagnosis, Severe Mental Illness, Sense-Making Process, Qualitative Research
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Dicé, F., & Zoena, F. (2017). Loneliness and Family Burden: An Exploratory Investigation on the Emotional Experiences of Caregivers of Patients with Severe Mental Illness. The Qualitative Report, 22(7), 1781-1791. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss7/4