ERIC Number: ED317882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Families of the Mentally Disabled: Stresses and Needs When a Relative Returns Home.
New York State Council on Children and Families, Albany.
As the inpatient population in New York State psychiatric centers declines, many mentally disabled persons are returned to their families. This study examined the needs of those individuals and their families after the client's discharge. Interviews were conducted with 116 individuals who had received services from a New York State adult psychiatric center, a significant other identified by each of these mentally disabled adults, and parents or family members of 38 children who received psychiatric services from a New York State Children's Psychiatric Center. The findings suggest that families of discharged mentally disabled individuals are placed under a great deal of stress when that individual returns home. Many of the families reported experiencing tension as a result of living with a mentally disabled relative. Several families noted that family life and social activities were restricted by the presence of the client. Aftercare services, received by 80% of the clients, did not appear to reduce the families' needs. Data analysis revealed that certain factors were indicative of which families were most at-risk of having several service problems when the client returned home; these factors included client's behavior and chronicity, marital client returned home: client's behavior and chronicity, marital status, and the presence of a second relative with mental illness. (Included in the report are summaries of major findings and recommendations, 13 tables, and 5 figures.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Council on Children and Families, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York