This systematic review of the literature explored the relationship between family, social support and psychiatric re-hospitalizations for those with severe mental illness. Also discussed were specific types of family and social support shown to be beneficial to those with mental illness. The meta-analysis reviewed 33 studies written within the last 10 years and analyzed these studies for content. Results of the analysis indicated family and social support did help to reduce rates of psychiatric hospitalizations. Results of the analysis also indicated that family support consisting of high levels of expressed emotion resulted in negative outcomes for those with severe mental illness, including higher rates of relapse and psychiatric readmissions. Findings also found other themes in the literature correlating to psychiatric readmission rates. Implications for social work and cultural relevance in social work regarding practice, future research and social policy for individuals with severe mental illness experiencing multiple psychiatric hospitalizations were also discussed.
|Commitee:||Jennings, Lisa, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social work|
|Keywords:||Family support, Hospitalization, Mental illness, Re-hospitalization, Severe mental illness, Social support|
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