Aging With Schizophrenia: A Lifelong Experience of Multidimensional Losses and Suffering

Hila Avieli, Peli Mushkin, Tal Araten-Bergman, Tova Band-Winterstein

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The aim of this study was to explore the subjective experience of suffering in aging individuals with schizophrenia. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 18 participants aged 60-69. Phenomenological content analysis was performed. Nine dimensions of suffering emerged: social rejection; familial rejection; the symptoms of schizophrenia; hospitalisation; the side effects of medication; loss of employment potential; loss of independent accommodation; loss of social life, and loss of hope to be a partner and a parent. The suffering of aging people with schizophrenia is cumulative and ongoing and thus evokes issues such as existential loneliness and feelings of homelessness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-236
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2016

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  • Psychiatric Mental Health


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