The effects of a community mental health intervention project upon family caregivers of persons with suspected mental illness in the Chinese cultural context

Petrus Y N NG*, Daniel YOUNG, Jiayan PAN, King Keung Law

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Abstract

Family members play an important role in caregiving with more emphasis on early intervention for people suffering from mental illness. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, this study examines the effects of a community mental health intervention project (CoMHIP) on burdens of caregivers who have family members with suspected mental illness. Results showed that family caregivers’ burden and psychological stress level had been reduced (p <.001). The caregivers subjectively experienced a significant reduction in stress regarding the caregiving subscales, supervision, tension, worrying and urging after seeking CoMHIP service. Findings for the study have implications on social work interventions regarding family caregiving of people with suspected mental health problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1067-1082
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume61
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • Chinese context
  • community mental health
  • early intervention
  • mental illness

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