Family functioning and mental illness - A Korean correlational study

Kuem Sun Han, Pyoung Sook Lee, Eun Sook Park, Young Joo Park, Young Ja Kim, Hyun Cheol Kang

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Abstract

Aim: To identify the factors influencing family functioning in families providing care for a member with chronic mental illness. Methods: This descriptive study collected data by questionnaires from 365 families having a family member with chronic mental illness who was receiving treatment at the psychiatric outpatient centres at the University Hospital and National Mental Hospital in Seoul, Korea. Study variables and instruments were family functioning, continuous family stress, knowledge of disease, family hardiness, family support, family sense of coherence, and family coping. Results: The data indicated a statistically significant positive correlation for family functioning, knowledge of disease, family hardiness, family support, family sense of coherence, and family coping. A statistically significant negative correlation was found between family functioning and family stress. Stepwise multiple regression analysis showed that the most powerful predictor of family functioning was family support (55.1%). The combination of family support, family hardiness, family coping, knowledge of disease, and family stress accounted for 61.4% of the variance in family functioning. Conclusions: The results indicate that family support, family hardiness, family coping, knowledge of disease, and family stress are important factors in family functioning. These results may be used for mental health nurses in caring for families and developing nursing interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalAsian Journal of Nursing
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun

Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • Family
  • Mental disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • LPN and LVN
  • Review and Exam Preparation

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    Han, K. S., Lee, P. S., Park, E. S., Park, Y. J., Kim, Y. J., & Kang, H. C. (2007). Family functioning and mental illness - A Korean correlational study. Asian Journal of Nursing, 10(2), 129-136.