This study revealed the emic experiences of two Japanese American parents of an adult child with schizophrenia. The participants were a couple who was identified as atypical parents—a father involved in child care and a distant mother. The main theme was disenfranchised grief which confirmed preliminary studies. However, experiences of parents in this study also involved emotional issues including emotional cut-off, guilt and shame. Parents’ guilt and shame were deeply associated with traditional Japanese cultural values emphasizing self-reflection, position (tachiba ), role functioning, and concept of self. Differences in problem formulation, coping styles, and approaches to their mentally ill child created conflicts and affected their marital relationship. Stress related to grief, functioning as a caretaker, and a difficult marital relationship was exacerbated by limited understanding and support from the mental health care system. Parents did their best to address needs in the mental health care system, but were not given opportunities to express these needs or constructively evaluate the current services and programs provided.
|School Location:||United States -- Hawaii|
|Source:||DAI-B 69/11, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies, Ethnic studies|
|Keywords:||Caretakers, Disenfranchised grief, Japanese-Americans, Parents, Schizophrenia, Serious mental illness|
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