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The costs of friendship: severe mental illness, poverty and social isolation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. University of Agder, Norway.
Number of Authors: 3
2016 (English)In: Psychosis, ISSN 1752-2439, E-ISSN 1752-2447, Vol. 8, no 4, 336-345 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The relationship between severe mental illness, poverty and social isolation has been explored in a number of studies.Aim: The purpose of the study was to explore the relationship between financial strain and social isolation.Methods: Sixteen persons with severe mental illness were interviewed about their experience of having a severe mental illness, living in poverty and the effect these circumstances had on their social relationships. The interviews were analysed according to thematic analysis.Results: The overarching theme was the cost of having friends; it consisted of five categories: the loss of friends; making do without friends; dependence on friends and family; supported socialisation; and money as an aid to recovery. The participants experienced a connection between their financial circumstances, their social relationships and their lack of initiative in maintaining and developing a social network.Conclusions: The results underline the importance of considering the person in his/her social context in order to avoid the risk of interpreting rational strategies for coping as psychiatric symptoms.

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2016. Vol. 8, no 4, 336-345 p.
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Severe mental illness, poverty, social isolation, social intervention, supported socialization
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Social Work Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136250DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2016.1167947ISI: 000386135400005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-136250DiVA: diva2:1053141
Available from: 2016-12-08 Created: 2016-12-01 Last updated: 2016-12-08Bibliographically approved

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