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The costs of friendship : severe mental illness, poverty and social isolation

Topor, Alain; Ljungqvist, Ingemar and Strandberg, Eva Lena LU (2016) In Psychosis 8(4). p.336-345
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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... (More)

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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poverty, Severe mental illness, social intervention, social isolation, supported socialization
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8
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336 - 345
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1752-2439
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10.1080/17522439.2016.1167947
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  author       = {Topor, Alain and Ljungqvist, Ingemar and Strandberg, Eva Lena},
  issn         = {1752-2439},
  keyword      = {poverty,Severe mental illness,social intervention,social isolation,supported socialization},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {336--345},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Psychosis},
  title        = {The costs of friendship : severe mental illness, poverty and social isolation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2016.1167947},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2016},
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