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Health Profile of family caregivers of persons with psychiatric disability

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Indian Journal of Applied Research

Campus : Coimbatore

School : Department of Social Work, School of Engineering

Department : Social Work

Year : 2014

Abstract : Health is a word is used in various contexts. We compare health in terms of illness or disability. Generally an illness or disability is seen in relation to the patient and his sufferings. There is another group of people who are equally affected. They are the family caregivers of the patients. The family caregivers of persons with psychiatric disability face a lot of stress and trauma in their daily lives due to stigma attached with psychiatric illness. They are a neglected lot especially in India. Descriptive Research Design was used for the study. Purposive sampling method was used. 112 caregivers of persons with psychiatric disability were interviewed from a Mental Health Clinic in Coimbatore City of Tamil Nadu. Dukes Health Profile Inventory was used to measure the level of Health and Dysfunction of the caregivers. It was also associated with certain socio demographic variablesThe findings points towards implications for caregiver health.

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