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Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2005 Apr;19(2):44-57.

Caring for the seriously mentally ill in Thailand: Buddhist family caregiving.

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  • 1Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.


The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences from Thai Buddhist family caregivers of seriously mentally ill relatives to understand their perspectives about Buddhist caregiving. A phenomenological study of 15 Thai Buddhist family caregivers was conducted following Cohen et al.'s process for analysis. Analysis of the interviews revealed five major themes: caregiving is Buddhist belief, caregiving is compassion, caregiving is management, caregiving is acceptance, and caregiving is suffering. Although suffering from the problems posed by mental illness permeated their lives, Thai Buddhist caregivers were able to continue to maintain compassion, management, and acceptance in caregiving to their seriously mentally ill relatives. A model of Thai Buddhist caregiving, constructed from the five major themes, is presented.

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