Egyptian families caring for a relative with mental illness: A hermeneutic study. Feature Article

Gihane Endrawes, Louise O'Brien, Lesley Wilkes

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Abstract

The care of people with mental illness often rests with their families. The way families manage this experience has been explored widely in the literature; however, the added complexity of migration has been given little attention. The difficulty of conducting research with people from non-English-speaking backgrounds often precludes their voices and experiences from being heard, further compounding marginalization and misunderstanding of their needs. The aim of this study was to understand the experience of Egyptian families caring for a relative with mental illness in Australia. Seven participants from Egyptian background, caring for a relative with mental illness, were included in this study. A hermeneutic phenomenological approach, informed by the work of Heidegger, was used. Data were collected through in-depth audio-taped interviews conducted in the Arabic language, which were then translated and transcribed in English. Data analysis revealed five themes: Why did it happen? How do I protect my loved ones? What has it done to me? What has it done to us? How do I survive? Findings of the study have the potential to raise health-care professionals' awareness of the needs of Egyptian families, their beliefs, values, and coping with mental illness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-440
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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