The burden of relatives of psychiatric patients: Comparisons between parents, spouses, and grown-up children of voluntarily and compulsorily admitted psychiatric patients

  • Hansson M
  • 10

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 17

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

The burden of relatives of psychiatric patients. Comparisons be- tween parents, spouses, and grown-up children of voluntarily and compulsorily admitted psychiatric patients. Nord J Psychiatry 2000;54:31–36. Oslo. ISSN 0803-9488. As part of an ongoing study of the quality of the mental health services in two Swedish county councils, relatives of both voluntarily and compulsorily admitted patients were inter- viewed with regard to family burden. The aims of this part of the study were to investigate differences in burden between subgroups of relatives, differences in family burden between 1986 and 1991, and differences between relatives of voluntarily and compulsorily admitted patients. The relatives investigated consisted of 79 spouses, 118 parents, and 31 grown-up children. The results showed that relatives of severely mentally ill persons have a consider- able amount of burden, of both an external and a psychologic internal nature. Subjective burden was generally more pronounced than objective external burden. Spouses had to a greater extent external burdens. Relatives experienced more internal burden in 1986 and more external burden in 1991. There were no differences between relatives of voluntarily and compulsorily admitted patients. It is concluded that the psychiatric services in their work with relatives have to consider the specific burden of different subgroups of relatives. • Compulsory care, Family burden, Psychiatric patients

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Authors

  • Margareta Östman, Lars Hansson

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free