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(p. 173) Caregiving for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness: A Life Cycle Perspective 

(p. 173) Caregiving for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness: A Life Cycle Perspective
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(p. 173) Caregiving for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness: A Life Cycle Perspective
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Helle Thorning

and Lisa Dixon

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199828036.003.0007
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date: 11 December 2018

Serious mental illness is associated with enormous economic, social, and personal costs for the person who has the illness, as well as his or her family and significant others. This chapter presents the experience of family caregivers who are in the unique situation of providing care to a loved one with serious mental illness for an extended period of time. Interventions are discussed that have proved to be effective in facilitating positive outcomes for the person with illness and his or her family or natural support. The discussion is informed by the emerging theoretical framework of recovery.

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