Quality of life of adult daughters of women with schizophrenia: Associations with psychological resource losses and gains

Ora Alkan, Jonathan Kushnir, Mor Bar, Talma Kushnir

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Abstract

Objective This study examined the relationship between perceived losses and gains of psychological resources and quality of life of adult daughters of women with schizophrenia. Method Thirty one adult daughters of mothers with schizophrenia (age range 30 to 50 years) and thirty women of similar socio-demographic characteristics whose mothers were mentally healthy (the control group) participated in this study. Results (a) Resource loss was higher and resource gains were lower among daughters of women with schizophrenia, compared to the control group; (b) despite resource gains total score of quality of life was significantly lower among daughters of mothers with schizophrenia compared to the controls; (c) daughters of mothers with schizophrenia had lower levels of family functioning, a higher level of negative emotions and a lower level of positive emotions; (d) resource gains moderated the negative relationship between resource loss and quality of life; (e) the most significant predictor of quality of life was the group (i.e. daughters of women with schizophrenia compared with controls); (f) quality of life was more strongly associated with resource loss than with resource gain. Discussion The findings of this research underscore the importance of raising awareness of caregivers and healthcare authorities to the needs of the unique population of daughters of women diagnosed with schizophrenia for support and even treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume68
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

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