Analysis of the early mother-child relationship in schizophrenic patients

Khoshgoftar,, M and Khodabakhshi-Koolaee, A and Sheikhi, M.R (2021) Analysis of the early mother-child relationship in schizophrenic patients. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.

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Background and Aim: The mother as the first caregiver plays a significant role in the formation of the child’s behavior, growth, and communication. The present study aimed to analyze the early mother-child relationship in schizophrenic patients. Materials and Methods: This qualitative study employed a descriptive phenomenological approach. The participants were male patients with schizophrenia who were hospitalized in Qazvin Bahman Psychiatric Hospital from March to September 2020 with an age range of over 18 years. Given the objective of the study, the data were collected using semi-structured interviews. The participants were selected using purposive sampling and the sampling procedure continued until data saturation as the point when no new information is observed in the data. Accordingly, the data were saturated after interviewing 15 participants. The data were analyzed using Colaizzi’s seven-step method. Results: The analysis of the data revealed four main themes including ambivalent attachment to the mother, feelings of constant fear and worry, a sense of constant care for the mother, and a cold and emotionless relationship with the child. Conclusion: The present study suggested that schizophrenia is a disorder that affects the mother-child relationship, and does the term “schizophrenic mothers” need to be reconsidered? However, the result of this research has been done according to the nature and cultural context of Iranian society. © The Author(s) 2021.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: University Portal > research center > sdh
Depositing User: pr SDH research
Date Deposited: 17 May 2021 07:28
Last Modified: 17 May 2021 07:28
URI: http://eprints.qums.ac.ir/id/eprint/10788

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