by David Jones - £33.99 Palgrave (2001)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780333776186 | ISBN 10: 0333776186
This book fills a gap in our knowledge about the experiences of families of people suffering from severe mental illness. Original research material is used to support claims that families are struggling with complex feelings such as loss, anger and shame. It is also argued that the ideas families themselves hold about mental illness form an important part of the cultural world in which mental illnesses are understood.
This stimulating book challenges many conventional assumptions about family relationships by arguing that they have to be understood in terms of 'myths' that bring a certain amount of order to complex areas of emotional life. The author argues that families, if properly understood, can provide significant support for people with severe mental illness.
"Through in-depth interviews of forty carers, couched in a way which enables the carers to talk in their own voice, we get the rare opportunity of understanding the world of these carers ... In letting the carers speak, Jones is enabling all of us to listen to them with the respect they deserve."
(Professor Shulamit Ramon, Anglia Polytechnic University)
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