Lifelong maternal caregiving for children with schizophrenia

Patricia B. Howard

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Maternal caregiving for adult children with schizophrenia is described using a lifespan perspective. Principles of naturalistic inquiry and a grounded-theory design guided field work methods. Nineteen in-depth interviews with ten participants averaged 4 hours each. Data analysis involved coding and classifying themes, constant comparison, and saturating theme categories. A model depicts findings including stages of learning in the experience. The stages are as follows: (1) perceiving a problem; (2) searching for solutions; (3) enduring the situation; and (4) surviving the experience. Implications include use of the model in developing intervention and education models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-114
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1994

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Funding Information:
Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY. This study was partially funded by an American Nurses Foundation Grant Address reprint requests to Patricia B. Howard, RN, Phi, CNA.4, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Chandler Medical Center, Lexington. KY 40536-0232. Copyrtght 0 1994 by W.B. Saunders Company 0883-9417l94/0802-0006$3.00ool0

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  • Psychiatric Mental Health


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