The Views of Mental Health Manager towards the Use of a Family Work Model for Psychosis in Guangzhou, China

Jeremy Dixon, Jie Lei, Wanyi Huang, Jacqueline Sin, Gina Smith

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Abstract

Family Interventions in Psychosis (FIP) have been promoted internationally but have been criticised for being based on western cultural models. This paper reports on a focus group study with 10 Integrated Mental Health Service Managers in Guangzhou, China using thematic analysis. Managers believed FIP might benefit families but identified potential difficulties due to a) families avoiding services due to the ‘shame’ of mental illness b) unrealistic expectations of services amongst families c) deferral to ‘key decision-makers’ within families when discussing family issues with workers. The findings indicate that FIP work should focus on interaction between carers in the first instance with service users being introduced into sessions at a later date and that more attention needs to be given by the research community to how FIP may be adapted to cultural norms within China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057-1063
Number of pages7
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume54
Issue number7
Early online date21 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

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Keywords

  • Family interventions
  • family therapy
  • Psychosis
  • Social work in China
  • Qualitative reearch

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