The relational context of mental health for carers: A qualitative study
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Original versionBerget, J. A., Løvvik, C., Davidson, L., Moltu, C., & Veseth, M. (2018). The relational context of mental health for carers: A qualitative study. Journal of Recovery in Mental Health, 2(1), 22–34.
The aim of this study was to explore how carers view and describe positive mental health. We interviewed 11 persons with lived experiences of caring for a close relative with a severe mental illness. A thematic analysis of the transcribed data material resulted in the following three themes: 1) Mental health as a relational phenomenon; 2) Dealing with excruciating hopelessness; and 3) Coping strategies for the carer. We discuss our results in relation to existing theory and suggest some clinical implications that follow from study findings.