Interactions between mental illness recovery processes in the family

Netta Galimidi, Michal Shamai

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Objectives: This study is designed to understand the experiences of the recovery processes of people with schizophrenia and their parents and to explore the connections between the processes of the different family members. Background: There is extensive evidence in the professional literature that understanding the recovery process of individuals with schizophrenia must include all family members. However, there is a gap in the knowledge regarding the way family members experience both their individual process and its connection to the processes other family members undergo. Method: This research employed qualitative methodology in which 15 families were interviewed through semistructured interviews (i.e., 15 adult individuals with schizophrenia and their parents). Thematic individual, dyadic, and triadic levels analysis were employed. Findings: Two main themes emerged: elements of the recovery processes of family members that led toward family recovery and connections among the recovery processes of family members. Conclusion: In spite of the predominance of the pharmacological paradigm in the area of mental health, the family still plays an important role in the recovery process, which is a systemic process involving all family members. As a result, every family member undergoes some processes that contribute to recovery of the others and of the entire system. Implications: The characteristics of the family system interactions during the recovery process should be taken into account in understanding and providing interventions for people with schizophrenia, and should be integrated into all types of interventions provided to these families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-425
Number of pages18
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2022

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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