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J Adv Nurs. 2018 Jan;74(1):100-109. doi: 10.1111/jan.13405. Epub 2017 Sep 8.

Adaptive coping strategies of affected family members of a relative with substance misuse: A qualitative study.

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1
Program of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
2
Turning Point, Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Abstract

AIM:

To explore the coping strategies used by affected family members of a relative with substance misuse.

BACKGROUND:

Families play an important role in supporting a relative with substance misuse. However, the experience often has an adverse effect on their general well-being, the extent of which depends largely on their coping strategies.

DESIGN:

An interpretative phenomenological analysis study. Data were collected between January - December 2015.

METHOD:

Semistructured, audio-recorded qualitative interviews were conducted with 31 affected family members.

RESULTS:

Three main themes and related subthemes were abstracted from the data illustrating how participants coped with their relative's substance misuse: (1) Seeking timely access to evidence-based information; (2) Enhancing personal coping strategies and (3) Accessing informal and formal support.

CONCLUSION:

Greater investment is needed in support services for affected family members, particularly in regional and rural areas. A wide range of accessible evidence-based information and informal and formal support, including telephone and online support, is needed to assist them to cope in this crucial support-giving role. Affected family members need to adopt a flexible set of coping strategies while supporting a relative with substance misuse. Family and friends, alcohol and other drug services, mental health nurses and other clinicians have a critical role providing emotional, instrumental and educational support to affected family members to enhance their adaptive coping strategies.

KEYWORDS:

affected family members; alcohol and other drugs; coping strategies; nurses; nursing; qualitative research; substance misuse

PMID:
28771795
DOI:
10.1111/jan.13405
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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