Positive Experiences of Siblings of Persons with Major Mental Illness: Self Development and Support

By Kimiko Tanaka.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The present study focuses on a positive aspect of resilience among siblings of persons with major mental illness. A cross-national sample of 68 U.S. siblings and 62 Japanese siblings was analyzed to explore the role of social support that may play in their positive experiences, particularly in the domain of self development or growth. Multiple regression analysis revealed a significant positive relationship between the two variables, suggesting that those who have had more social support are likely to gain more sense of growth out of their mental illness-related experiences. Implications for mental health practice have been discussed.

Keywords: Siblings, Major Mental Illness, Resilience, Positive Experiences, Self Development, Social Support

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 11, pp.75-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 724.816KB).

Dr. Kimiko Tanaka

Post-doctoral research fellow, Marywood University, New York, PA, USA

My research interest is in individuals and their families coping with serious mental illness with a focus on resilience and support. As part of my dissertation, I conducted a cross-national study (U.S. and Japan) on life experiences of individuals whose sibling has a mental illness. My recent focus has been the clubhouse model of psychiatric recovery and am currently engaged in a clubhouse pilot study. I also plan to replicate this study at a different clubhouse in the U.S. as a step toward world-wide replications.


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