CHALLENGES TO CHILDREN OF PATIENTS WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA
Chaco, Christina M. C.
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Clinical practice guidelines for treating patients with schizophrenia generally do not include an expanded psychosocial assessment that provides consideration to the patient’s children. The purpose of this literature review is to determine unique challenges of children of patients with schizophrenia. The results of this review reveal that children of parents with schizophrenia face many challenges in their upbringing compared with children of parents without schizophrenia. In order to situate the discussion, schizophrenia is described. Using Dorothea Orem’s General Theory of Nursing Practice as a theoretical framework, potential challenges to children of patients with schizophrenia are discussed. Guidelines for practice are suggested.