Examining caregiving issues from a multigenerational, family life cycle perspective, this volume deals with the broad spectrum of chronic illnesses that necessitate family caregiving throughout the lifespan and discusses responses to these challenges by both caregiving families and caregiving systems. Part One addresses the caregiving paradigm and the relationship of family caregiving research to family life studies. Part Two examines conceptual aspects of caregiving, ranging from the expansion of the caregiving paradigm, caregiving processes and tasks, to the positive aspects of caregiving. Part Three emphasizes how family caregivers are affected by the connection (or lack of it) to macro-level systems.

Chapter 7: Predictors of Caregiver Burden among Support Group Members of Persons with Chronic Mental Illness

Predictors of Caregiver Burden among Support Group Members of Persons with Chronic Mental Illness

Predictors of caregiver burden among support group members of persons with chronic mental illness
David E.Biegel, Li-YuSong, VenkatesanChakravarthy

Chronic mental illness has significant effects on patients, families, and the larger society. For the person with chronic mental illness, such as a young adult with schizophrenia, living with chronic mental illness means having a mental disorder that is severe and long-lasting. Schizophrenia interferes with one's ability to form and maintain interpersonal relationships, care for oneself, complete one's education, or obtain and maintain employment. Data from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) Epidemiological Catchment Area Study indicate that for persons with schizophrenia, symptoms last an average of 9 years before remission (Robins & Regier, ...

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