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Support needs for family caregivers of clients with mental illness in Iran: A qualitative study


Akbari, M and Alavi, M and Irajpour, A and Maghsoudi, J and Lopez, V and Cleary, M, Support needs for family caregivers of clients with mental illness in Iran: A qualitative study, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 39, (10) pp. 896-903. ISSN 0161-2840 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01612840.2018.1445324


This paper explored the support needs of family caregivers of people living with a mental illness in Iran. This descriptive study focused on the experiences of 20 family caregivers as well as the views of 29 professional support workers through individual face-to-face interviews. From these interviews three key themes emerged in regards to the care needs of family caregivers: (i) social support; (ii) emotional support; and (iii) safety and security. These themes highlighted the complex role of caring for a family member with a mental illness and the emotional, social and economic challenges that these caregivers experienced as a result. Iranian caregivers garnered support not only from other family members but also from neighbors and religious leaders but lacked the much needed respite care found in western countries. This research study highlighted the importance of ensuring that the caregivers themselves receive appropriate and adequate support to fulfill their caregiving role.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:support needs, family caregivers, mental iIllness, Iran
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:125412
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-04-17
Last Modified:2019-05-22

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