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Title: How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect individuals with schizophrenia from Turkey?
Authors: Karancı, Ayşe Nuray
İkizer, Gözde
Dilekler Aldemir, İlknur
Bilgehan, Ayca
Karagoz, Cansu
Keywords: Schizophrenia
serious mental illness
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Source: Karanci, A. N., Ikizer, G., Aldemir, İ. D., Bilgehan, A., & Karagöz, C. (2022). How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect individuals with schizophrenia from Turkey?. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 00207640221081800.
Abstract: Background: Serious mental illness, including schizophrenia, have been shown to be associated with psychosocial vulnerabilities in the face of adverse events. While individuals with schizophrenia might undergo many psychosocial difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic, they might also not be affected, or report increased subjective well-being. This suggests that it is important to understand diverse impacts and further understand the unique experiences. Methods: To capture how the pandemic affected them and how they handled the challenges if there were any in the initial and more recent phases of the pandemic, 18 individuals with schizophrenia living in Turkey were interviewed. Results: Thematic analysis of interviews resulted in four superordinate themes for both time points. Three themes related to the impact of the pandemic (i.e. burdens of COVID-19, positive impacts of COVID-19, no impact of COVID-19) indicated that they shared a number of challenges with the general population. Themes about the positive impacts and no impact also replicated the previous findings in this clinical population. One last theme named as facilitators of coping implied that the participants tried to deal with the burdens by using available resources, adapt to the changes in their daily living, and benefit from social interaction and support. Conclusions: To conclude, people with schizophrenia seem to be coping with challenges posed by the pandemic with diverse strategies and they seem to even experience psychological growth alongside with negative impacts. The individualized needs and potential for growth have pivotal implications for the management of the illness during the pandemic.
ISSN: 0020-7640
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