Residential caregiver attitudes toward seriously mentally Ill persons

Trudy L. Good, Laura G. Nisenson, Howard Berenbaum

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Abstract

Previous research has found that caregiver attitudes are associated with the course of illness of seriously mentally ill (SMI) persons. This stud)’ examined whether variation in caregiver attitudes could be accounted for by (a) staff caregivers and/or (b) SMI persons. Group home staff were asked to describe each SMI group home resident and to describe the relationship they had with each resident. We recorded the number of positive and negative statements made by each staff member about each resident’s character, behaviors, and the interactions staff had with them. Overall, the variation in positive staff statements about group home residents was significantly accounted for by the residents. In general, the variation in negative staff statements was significantly accounted for by staff. However, the variation in negative staff statements about the character of residents was accounted for by both staff and residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalPsychiatry (New York)
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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