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Outcomes of an educational intervention for the family of a person with bipolar disorder: a 2-year follow-up study
Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Inst Hlth & Care Sci, Vardalinst, Halmstad, Sweden.
Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Dept Patient Safety & Qual Improvement, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
Univ Gothenburg, Inst Hlth & Care Sci, Sahlgrenska Acad, Vardalinst, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 18, no 4, 333-341 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aimed to analyse the outcomes of an educational intervention for family members living with a person with bipolar disorder. A longitudinal study was conducted comprising a 10-session educational intervention designed for families with members in outpatient mental health care. Thirty-four family members agreed to participate. Data were collected on five occasions, at baseline and during a 2-year follow-up through self-assessment instruments: the Carers of Older People in Europe Index, the Jalowiec Coping Scale-40, the Sense of Coherence questionnaire and the Social Adaptation Self-evaluation Scale. The results showed that the condition had a considerable negative impact on the family members as carers, but the educational intervention increased their understanding, which facilitated the management of their lives. A significant improvement in stress management was seen over time and social functioning was retained. The study showed that families living with one member with bipolar disorder benefited from the educational intervention in terms of increasing understanding of the condition and reducing stress. Mental health care needs to develop educational interventions further and offer the families support to strengthen their ability to manage with the situation.

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2011. Vol. 18, no 4, 333-341 p.
Keyword [en]
bipolar disorder, carer burden, educational intervention, family, nursing, stress management
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-14182DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2010.01671.xISI: 000288704100010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79952852304OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-14182DiVA: diva2:431339
Available from: 2011-07-19 Created: 2011-07-19 Last updated: 2011-10-12Bibliographically approved

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