Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 42–50 | Cite as

Hope and Schizophrenia in the Latino Family Context

  • Mercedes HernandezEmail author
  • Concepción Barrio
  • Lizbeth Gaona
  • Paula Helu-Brown
  • Audrey Hai
  • Caroline Lim
Original Paper


This study explored hope among Latinos with schizophrenia and their family caregivers to gain a greater understanding of how it is experienced in the family context. Data were collected from 34 participants (14 individuals with schizophrenia; 20 family caregivers). Semistructured in-depth interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis, comparing codes across and within consumer and family caregiver transcripts. Findings revealed that hope was conceptualized as a multidimensional construct and was a vital resource for participants. Specifically, there was an emphasis on contextual factors that included religion and spirituality and interpersonal relationships. Findings underscore the need to expand our understanding of how hope is perceived and developed among Latinos and other underserved groups. This could lead to better recognition of this salient resource to incorporate its varied dimensions into treatment models that address the needs of consumers and family caregivers.


Cultural factors Family caregiving Hispanic Interpersonal relationships Religion and spirituality Serious mental illness 



The authors thank the families, providers, and community advisory board members who participated in this study. Dr. Hernandez received support from the National Institute of Mental Health (R36 MH102077) and Dr. Barrio received support from the National Institute of Mental Health (R34 MH076087).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors certify their responsibility for the research presented and they report no known conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All applicable institutional guidelines for human participants were followed.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all study participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Steve Hicks School of Social WorkUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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