Family experiences in the identification of the first-episode psychosis in young patients.


Department of Psychiatric Nursing and Human Sciences, University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing, World Health Organization (WHO), Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research Development, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. Electronic address: [Email]


The study aimed to understand the family experience in the identification of the first-episode psychosis in young family members. Qualitative research using symbolic interactionism and narrative. Data were collected through depth interview with 13 relatives of 11 young patients treated for the first-episode psychosis. The families showed behavior consistent with the meanings they gave to the disease process of the young relatives, represented by categories: "waiting move: trying to justify the behavior of the adolescent", "not understanding the psychosis", and "seeking help". This research fostered the understanding of how families decided to seek help in the healthcare system. The nursing interventions with these families could contribute to early detection and beginning of treatment.


Family nursing,Primary prevention,Psychiatric nursing,Qualitative research,Schizophrenia,