The Phenomenon of Family Empowerment in Caring for People with Mental Disorders


  • Heru Santosa Department of Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, North Sumatera Province, Indonesia
  • Nurmaini Nurmaini Department of Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, North Sumatera Province, Indonesia
  • Elmeida Effendy Department of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, North Sumatera Province, Indonesiav
  • Wardiyah Daulay Department of Nursing, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, North Sumatera Province, Indonesia



Family empowerment, Caring, Mental disorders


BACKGROUND: Families, especially parents, are the closest people expected to care for people with mental disorders and this means family-focused care mental disorders is the main concept for the management of the illness due to the close relationship.

AIM: The study was, therefore, conducted to explore the phenomenon of applying family empowerment in people with mental disorders as a means of developing instruments.

METHODS: The research was qualitative with a phenomenological approach and data were collected through in-depth interviews and analyzed with the Colaizzi method. The participants include 14 families having someone with mental disorders and selected using the purposive sampling technique.

RESULTS: The results, however, produced seven themes which are the perception of mental disorders, motivation to care, family participation, withdrawal from drugs, spirituality, costs, and alternative treatments.

CONCLUSIONS: This task was found to be the main effort by a family to provide appropriate assistance in accordance with the observed health problems and internal family resources considered capable of deciding are expected to determine the right action to overcome the problems.


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Santosa H, Nurmaini N, Effendy E, Daulay W. The Phenomenon of Family Empowerment in Caring for People with Mental Disorders. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 26 [cited 2024 Apr. 21];9(G):124-7. Available from:



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