The current study aims at gaining a better understanding of the transition phase from psychiatric hospitalization back to the community, using qualitative methodology and narrative analysis. This purpose of the study was to learn from the personal life stories of 15 people diagnosed with schizophrenia who had just returned to the community following a psychiatric hospitalization. Analysis of the narratives revealed different characteristics of the transition phase. In addition to oscillation between feelings of strength and vitality to vulnerability and despair, participants reported specific factors that contributed to their transition. These factors included social, familial, employment and professional aspects. The results emphasize the non-linear nature of the transition process and the special challenges involved. Results also stress the importance of supportive relationships and work. Based on the results, recommendations for interventions tailored to the delicate transition stage are discussed.
- mental health rehabilitation