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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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OLIVEIRA, Renata Marques de  and  FUREGATO, Antonia Regina Ferreira. An elderly couple and their long life raising four schizophrenic children. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp.618-625. ISSN 0080-6234.

The objective was to identify, among parents of schizophrenics, elements of their daily life in coping with the disorder and the care offered and received through the health system. This is a field research, using thematic oral history. The parents of four patients with schizophrenia took part in this study. Interviews were conducted, recorded and transcribed, based on three instruments (two specific questionnaires and a field diary). Three categories were identified that reflect difficulties experienced in daily life: limitations in knowledge about schizophrenia; fatigue and burden with impairment of quality of life; and uncertainly about the future and resilience strengthened by faith in God. The concept of care was associated with technical procedures, revealing general satisfaction with the care received. The suffering related to living with schizophrenic relatives is intense, and professionals must be prepared to deal with these experiences of pain and suffering from patients with mental disorder and their relatives.

Keywords : Schizophrenia; Family; Aged; Psychiatric nursing; Mental Health Services; Esquizofrenia; Familia; Anciano; Enfermería psiquiátrica; Servicios de Salud Mental.

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