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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 497–501 | Cite as

Coping Strategies in Aymara Caregivers of Patients with Schizophrenia

  • Alejandra Caqueo-Urízar
  • José Gutiérrez-Maldonado
  • Marta Ferrer-García
  • Claudia Miranda-Castillo
Brief Communication

Abstract

Deinstitutionalization has forced families of patients with schizophrenia to take responsibility of informal care, without having the tools to exert their role properly. The aim of this study was to evaluate the coping strategies of caregivers of patients with schizophrenia, belonging to the Aymara ethnic group, (aborigines who are located on the highlands of Northern Chile). The studied sample comprised 45 caregivers of patients with schizophrenia users of the Mental Health Service of Arica, Chile. The results from the Family Coping Questionnaire (FCQ) show that both, Aymara and non-Aymara caregivers use the same coping strategies except for spiritual help which is more likely to be used by Aymara. This strategy might be related with the worldview they possess, thus the relation with the deities has a meaningful importance in the way of explaining and coping with different phenomena.

Keywords

Aymara Caregivers Schizophrenia Coping strategies 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was funded by Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico FONDECYT Project 11075102 by the Chilean Government. We thank Mariela Cortés and Daniela Torres for their assistance in this research.

Conflicts of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandra Caqueo-Urízar
    • 1
  • José Gutiérrez-Maldonado
    • 2
  • Marta Ferrer-García
    • 2
  • Claudia Miranda-Castillo
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Filosofía y PsicologíaUniversidad de TarapacáAricaChile
  2. 2.Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamientos PsicológicosUniversidad de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Facultad de Medicina, Escuela de PsicologíaUniversidad de ValparaísoValparaísoChile

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