The family experience of mental illness: Evidence for resilience

Diane T. Marsh, Harriet P. Lefley, Debra Evans-Rhodes, Vanessa I. Ansell, Brenda M. Doerzbacher, Laura Labarbera, Joan E. Paluzzi

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Abstract

A national survey was used to explore the potential for resilience among family members of people with mental illness. The sample included 131 family members: mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, and extended family members. Responding to open-ended questions, participants were asked to describe any family, personal, or consumer strengths that had developed as a result of the mental illness. Family resilience was reported by 87.8% of participants. Personal resilience was reported by 99.2%; and consumer resilience by 75.6%. Components of these composite scores were identified. Implications of these findings are discussed, and suggestions for professional practice are offered.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Volume20
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)

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Marsh, D. T., Lefley, H. P., Evans-Rhodes, D., Ansell, V. I., Doerzbacher, B. M., Labarbera, L., & Paluzzi, J. E. (1996). The family experience of mental illness: Evidence for resilience. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 20(2).

The family experience of mental illness : Evidence for resilience. / Marsh, Diane T.; Lefley, Harriet P.; Evans-Rhodes, Debra; Ansell, Vanessa I.; Doerzbacher, Brenda M.; Labarbera, Laura; Paluzzi, Joan E.

In: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, 01.09.1996.

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Marsh, DT, Lefley, HP, Evans-Rhodes, D, Ansell, VI, Doerzbacher, BM, Labarbera, L & Paluzzi, JE 1996, 'The family experience of mental illness: Evidence for resilience', Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, vol. 20, no. 2.
Marsh DT, Lefley HP, Evans-Rhodes D, Ansell VI, Doerzbacher BM, Labarbera L et al. The family experience of mental illness: Evidence for resilience. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 1996 Sep 1;20(2).
Marsh, Diane T. ; Lefley, Harriet P. ; Evans-Rhodes, Debra ; Ansell, Vanessa I. ; Doerzbacher, Brenda M. ; Labarbera, Laura ; Paluzzi, Joan E. / The family experience of mental illness : Evidence for resilience. In: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 1996 ; Vol. 20, No. 2.
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