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Title: The Paradox of Being Both Needed and Rejected: The Existential Meaning of Being Closely Related to a Person with Bipolar Disorder
Authors: Rusner, Marie
Carlsson, Gunilla
Brunt, David
Nyström, Maria
Department: University of Borås. School of Health Sciences
Issue Date: 2012
Journal Title: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
ISSN: 0161-2840
Volume: 33
Issue: 4
Pages: 200-208
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Media type: text
Publication type: article, peer reviewed scientific
Keywords: bipolar disorder
close relatives
Subject Category: Subject categories::Medical and Health Sciences::Psychiatry::Psychiatry
Area of Research: Existentiella vårdfrågor
Strategic Research Area: Integrated nursing science
Abstract: The aim of this study was to elucidate the existential meaning of being closely related to a person with bipolar disorder. A qualitative, descriptive, and explorative design with a phenomenological meaning-oriented analysis was used. The findings reveal a paradoxical, existential exposure of close relatives to a person with bipolar disorder, being both needed and rejected whilst being overshadowed by the specific changeable nature of bipolar disorder. Psychiatric health care services are recommended to consider changes in attitudes and structures that may facilitate close relatives’ participation in the care and treatment of persons with bipolar disorder.
Sponsorship: The authors thank the Council of Research and Development in Södra Älvsborg, Swedbank Sjuhärads Foundation for Research at Södra Älvsborgs Hospital, and the Swedish Nurse Association for generous financial support.
DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2011.653037
Sustainable development: -
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