Coping skills, strengths and needs as perceived by adult offspring and siblings of people with mental illness: A retrospective study

ArticleinPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 20(2):24-32 · September 1996with44 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.16 · DOI: 10.1037/h0095388


    Examined coping skills, needs, and self-perceived strengths gathered through subjective interview data with 10 adult offspring and 10 adult siblings (all Ss aged 27–56 yrs) of people with mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression). Distinctions were made between positive and negative coping skills, and several themes in coping skills were reported, including constructive escape, seeking support, objectifying the illness, acquiring information, spiritual faith, internalization of emotions, self-censoring behavior, and self-isolation. Four themes also emerged from interview data regarding needs: information or explanation, support groups, individual attention and attention to emotions, and inclusion in the treatment process. All Ss had perceived themselves to have grown in a positive way from their experiences, despite the adversities they had endured. Self-perceived strengths reported include independence or self-reliance, ability to create, empathy, resiliency, assertiveness, and spiritual and life perspective. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)