A Qualitative Inquiry into the Taiwanese Mentally Ill Persons' Difficulties Living in the Community

Ching Lan Esther Lin, Alex Kopelowicz, Chin Hong Chan, Ping Chuan Hsiung

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Abstract

Community care has been a paradigm shift for psychiatric treatment worldwide; however, it has not been successfully implemented in many developing countries, including Taiwan. This qualitative study aimed to explore the Taiwanese mentally ill persons' difficulties living in the community. Social disadvantages and illness adaptation were recognized as two domains of difficulties encountered by Taiwanese mentally ill patients living in the community, while six themes were identified: getting a "shameful" illness, unmet needs for community care, being overcome by a distorted world, denying the illness, living with the illness, and adapting to changed level of functioning. Related cultural issues were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-276
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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