Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 5, pp 423-435

First online:

A Positive Aspect of Caregiving: The Influence of Social Support on Caregiving Gains for Family Members of Relatives with Schizophrenia

  • Fang-pei ChenAffiliated withSchool of Social Work, UW-Madison, 1350 University Ave.
  • , Jan S. GreenbergAffiliated withSchool of Social Work, UW-Madison, 1350 University Ave.

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This study examines family members' caregiving gains as a result of caring for their relatives with schizophrenic spectrum disorders, and the influence of formal and informal social support on these positive experiences. The results from interviews with 560 family members support that the experience of caregiving gains is prevalent. Moreover, formal support from mental health professionals through information sharing and collaborative interactions with family members, and informal support from other family members, support group participation, and contributions from the relative with mental illness all have significant, positive associations with family members' experiences of caregiving gains.

caregiving gains family caregiver social support family-professional relationship mental illness