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Article Number - EA3A45A67096


Vol.9(12), pp. 166-172 , December 2017
DOI: 10.5897/IJSA2017.0742
ISSN: 2006-988X



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The role of the family in defining and managing disability of persons with schizophrenia in Chile: Meeting objective and subjective criteria of social inclusion



Jorge Chuaqui
  • Jorge Chuaqui
  • Institute of Sociology, University of Valparaiso, Chile.
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Debra Rose Wilson
  • Debra Rose Wilson
  • Austin Peay State University, U.S.A.
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James, G. Linn
  • James, G. Linn
  • Optimal Solutions in Healthcare and International Development, U.S.A.
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Emanuel Arredondo
  • Emanuel Arredondo
  • Institute of Sociology, University of Valparaiso, Chile.
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 Received: 22 September 2017  Accepted: 06 November 2017  Published: 31 December 2017

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In the current conceptualization of disability, the social context plays a fundamental role. Traditionally, the family has been seen as the principal source of support for persons with schizophrenia. It has also been seen as the most reliable support of psychosocial therapies for schizophrenia. Recent research in Chile on the role of the family in defining and managing disability among persons with schizophrenia suggests that in many cases it may play a dysfunctional role. Interviews with care giving families in Santiago, Chile show that the parents and siblings of persons with schizophrenia often manifest and enforce traditional prejudices and attitudes about this mental illness making it difficult for them to lead inclusive, independent lives. Inclusion in society for persons with mental illness and/or incapacity requires that they have well paying full-time employment, and that they have the opportunity to form their own family with a beloved partner. Information obtained from 100 guardians/caregivers of persons with schizophrenia in Santiago, Chile contradicts concepts of inclusion for persons with mental illness and incapacity.
 
Key words: Schizophrenia, inclusion, family, mental disorders.

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APA Chuaqui, J., Wilson, D. R., James, G. L., & Arredondo, E. (2017). The role of the family in defining and managing disability of persons with schizophrenia in Chile: Meeting objective and subjective criteria of social inclusion. International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 9(12), 166-172.
Chicago Jorge Chuaqui, Debra Rose Wilson, James, G. Linn and Emanuel Arredondo. "The role of the family in defining and managing disability of persons with schizophrenia in Chile: Meeting objective and subjective criteria of social inclusion." International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 9, no. 12 (2017): 166-172.
MLA Jorge Chuaqui, et al. "The role of the family in defining and managing disability of persons with schizophrenia in Chile: Meeting objective and subjective criteria of social inclusion." International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 9.12 (2017): 166-172.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJSA2017.0742
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/IJSA/article-abstract/EA3A45A67096

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