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Filling the void: the role of adult siblings caring for a brother or sister with severe mental illness
UiT, the Arctic University of Norway, Narvik, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8528-6137
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. UiT, the Arctic University of Norway, Narvik, Norway. (Care, Recovery & Health)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9714-577X
Jæren District Psychiatric Center, Bryne, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6474-7451
2023 (English)In: Global Qualitative Nursing Research, E-ISSN 2333-3936, Vol. 10, article id 23333936231162230Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Little is known about the role of adult siblings’ caregiver role within the context of mental illness. Therefore, our purpose was to explore how siblings narrate their experiences of being the main caregivers of a brother or sister with severe mental illness and how they cooperate with their ill sibling and their family of origin. We used a narrative hermeneutic approach and performed a secondary analysis of two interviews of siblings derived from a study of peoples’ experiences of hearing voices. The findings illuminate the participants’ multifaceted roles and how differently siblings might deal with the multiple challenges of caring for an ill sibling. The mediating role between their ill sibling and their family of origin to reestablish the broken family bonds was a significant aspect. Nurses’ awareness of the important and multidimensional role of caregiving siblings can improve the provision of family support and promote involvement of siblings in the treatment of an ill family member.

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Vi vet lite om hvordan voksne søsken ivaretar rollen som omsorgsgivere når et familiemedlem har en alvorlig psykisk lidelse. Hensikten med denne studien var derfor å undersøke søskens narrativer med tanke på hvordan de erfarer omsorgsrollen og hvordan de samarbeider med den som har en psykisk lidelse og med resten av familien. Vi foretok en hermeneutisk sekundæranalyse av narrativene i to søskenintervju fra en studie som utforsket erfaringer med det å høre stemmer. Funnene synliggjør deltakernes mangefasetterte roller og hvordan de møter utfordringene med å yte omsorg for en person med alvorlig psykisk lidelse. Et fremtredende funn var at de inntok rollen som brobygger i et forsøk på å gjenopprette brutte familiebånd. Det er betydningsfullt at sykepleiere er oppmerksomme på de sammensatte rollene søsken kan ha som omsorgsgivere. Sykepleiere kan fremme involvering av søsken og forbedre familiestøtte i behandlingsforløpet til de som har en alvorlig psykisk lidelse.

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2023. Vol. 10, article id 23333936231162230
Keywords [en]
narrative hermeneutics, severe mental illness, siblings
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Care Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-62195DOI: 10.1177/23333936231162230ISI: 000968454900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85160347403OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-62195DiVA, id: diva2:1749642
Available from: 2023-04-11 Created: 2023-04-11 Last updated: 2023-06-07Bibliographically approved

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