Home care services as a social network compensation of the mentally ill
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Psychiatr Pol 2011;45(3):391–403
Aim. Research undertaken in order to assess possibilities of social network compensation amongst population supported with home care services adjusted to mentally ill needs. Analysis included scope of support functions, number of networks and its quality. Method. The study group consisted of 105 mentally ill persons participating in home care services program. Research tools used were as follows: sociodemographic questionnaire (prepared for the research purposes). Bizon's Map and Social Network Questionnare, Bizon's Social Support Inventory. Results. Results show therapists participating in the home care services program as the basic category that composes networks indicated by respondents. Therapists significantly compensate sparse social support networks of the respondents. It can be assumed as a positive influence due to social functioning, feeling of secure and coping abilities of persons supported by home services. Discussion. Benefits noted in compensation home care participants lead to another research question. Further research should considerate an issue of major participation of professionals as a specific block to involve those who constitute natural support resources, e.g. family members or neighbours into the networks.