Schizophrenia housing and supportive relationships

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Browne, G & Courtney, M 2007, 'Schizophrenia housing and supportive relationships', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 73-80.

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Schizophrenia can be a very disabling illness that affects between 0.5% and 1% of the population. This illness has a great personal impact on the individual sufferer, their family and friends. In addition, it makes significant demands on health services and the community in general. This paper reviews the literature on housing and supportive relationships for people with schizophrenia. The literature reports that people’s experience of their schizophrenia is that it not only causes symptoms, but often impacts on their ability to maintain the basic resources in life. These resources include the ability to maintain reasonable quality housing, which seems to further impact negatively on their illness and their ability to maintain supportive social relationships. People with schizophrenia (and people in general) rely on their social relationships and family to maintain their mental health. The loss of social relationships and inability to maintain quality housing seem to be related – if people cannot maintain quality housing, they find it difficult to maintain supportive social relationships.

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