Vol. 21 No. 1 (2017): Journal of Nursing Pensar Enfermagem
Articles

Support group of family members of persons with severe mental illness: rebalancing identity in everyday life

Idalina Delfina Gomes
Professora Adjunta, Doutora em Enfermagem, Investigadora ui&de - Coordenadora da Linha de Investigação: Intervenções em Enfermagem, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa
Maria dos Anjos Pereira Lopes
Professora Coordenadora, Doutora em Enfermagem, Investigadora ui&de, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa
Maria do Céu Pires Delgado Monteiro
Enfermeira, Mestre em Enfermagem com a especialização em Enfermagem de Saúde Mental e Psiquiátrica, Investigadora ui&de, Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico de Lisboa e Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa
Marta Lima Basto
Professora Coordenadora, Doutora em Psicologia Social, Investigadora ui&de, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa
Célia Simão de Oliveira
Professora Coordenadora, Doutora em Enfermagem, Investigadora ui&de, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa
Maria Antónia Rebelo Botelho
Professora Coordenadora, Doutora em Enfermagem, Investigadora ui&de, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa
Maria Paula Silveira Nunes
Psiquiatra Assistente Graduada, Licenciatura em Medicina, Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico de Lisboa
Eduardo Jorge Delgado Catarino
Enfermeiro Chefe e Especialista em Enfermagem de Saúde Mental e Psiquiátrica, Licenciatura em Enfermagem, Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico de Lisboa
Adriana Henriques
Professora Coordenadora, Doutora em Enfermagem, Investigadora da UI&DE, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa

Published 2017-11-02

Keywords

  • caregivers,
  • mental disorders,
  • support group,
  • family intervention,
  • adaptation psychological,
  • emotional adjustment
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How to Cite

Gomes, I. D., Pereira Lopes, M. dos A., Pires Delgado Monteiro, M. do C., Lima Basto, M., Simão de Oliveira, C. ., Rebelo Botelho, M. A., Silveira Nunes, M. P., Delgado Catarino, E. J., & Henriques, A. (2017). Support group of family members of persons with severe mental illness: rebalancing identity in everyday life. Pensar Enfermagem | Journal of Nursing, 21(1), 3–19. https://doi.org/10.56732/pensarenf.v21i1.131

Abstract

Objective: To understand the value and dynamics of therapeutic intervention, used by, the support group for family members of persons with severe mental disease in Psychiatric Centre Hospital of Lisbon. Method: Qualitative study based on the Grounded Theory. Participants: 24 family members. Data collection procedure: 12 audio-recorded meetings with the support group members, 2 formal and 2 informal interviews with the healthcare team, a survey (answered by the 24 family members of persons with mental disease) and field notes. Results: The condition which makes the relatives join in a group is the alliance in adversity due to the mental illness. The Strategies developed by the family members aiming at managing the day-to-day uncertainty, and include to share learnings for dealing with the patient and care of the self as well as to use the group as a cornerstone. The consequences are the patient’s relatives identity rebalance. To promote the care of both the self and the patient helps to transform the family caregiver’s identity so as to achieve its rebalance identity. Conclusion: The group proved to be a place to share emotions and
learnings, and its dynamic is critical to improve the home healthcare to both the persons with mental disease and their relatives.

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