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Understanding grief and guilt as common themes in family response to mental illness: Implications for social work practice

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Bland, R, Understanding grief and guilt as common themes in family response to mental illness: Implications for social work practice, Australian Social Work, 51, (4) pp. 27-34. ISSN 0312-407X (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/03124079808411241

Abstract

Grief and guilt are common themes in the response of family members to the emergence of schizophrenia in a family member. This paper explores the diverse research literature on families and schizophrenia, and considers the specific concepts of grief and guilt. This review provides a basis for the critical reflection on social work practice with families of people with schizophrenia. The nature and expression of grief and guilt are discussed and developed in relation to practice and a number of practice conclusions are drawn. These include the importance of understanding and respecting the family's experience of grief and guilt, the importance of an empathic response to grief and guilt, and the importance of a teaching and supportive approach to family work. © 1998, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Social Work
Research Field:Social Work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Bland, R (Professor Robert Bland)
ID Code:13886
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-08
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