Family caregiving in mental illness

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Sage Publications, Jan 18, 1996 - Medical - 261 pages
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With the trend of deinstitutionalization, family members are finding themselves increasingly in the position of primary caregivers to mentally ill adults - a role for which they are often untrained and unprepared. This volume explores the experiences of these caregivers. The author: discusses the characteristics and conceptual models related to mental illness; surveys the experience of mental illness in the context of the family life cycle and developmental stages of the illness; appraises the burdens on the family including social stigma, refusal of treatment, stress and the relationship between the mentally ill and caregivers within the family; and reviews family responses including coping strategies and professional and

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About the author (1996)

HARRIET P. LEFLEY is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She has authored eight books and has been engaged in cross-cultural research and mental health advocacy for almost 30 years.

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