Catherine H. Stein

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College officials indicate that the number of students with serious mental illnesses has risen significantly. Recent media attention surrounding several high profile suicides has opened discussion of mental illness on campus. The authors summarize literature on college students and mental illness, including barriers to service receipt. Recommendations to(More)
Adult siblings of people with serious mental illness are increasingly being called upon to serve as caregivers for their loved ones. The present study investigated 111 adults' reports of their relationships with their afflicted siblings and with their parents in an attempt to explain well siblings' reports of: (1) current caregiving, (2) hypothetical(More)
OBJECTIVE Study examined perceptions of personal loss due to mental illness and social network characteristics among young adults with a psychiatric disability and their parents. Research directly compared young adults' and parents' reports of personal loss, social network structure and support, and interpersonal loneliness. Relationships between perceived(More)
Qualitative research has demonstrated that religious meaning-making coping, defined as attributions of a stressful life event that involve the sacred, is particularly relevant to persons with serious mental illness. However, recent research advances in the study of religious coping have yet to be employed in clinical samples. This longitudinal study(More)
OBJECTIVE The present qualitative study examined 69 published first-person accounts written by adults diagnosed with schizophrenia from 1979-2010 within the historical context of the four major mental health movements in the United States. METHODS Content analysis techniques were used to identify major topics and overarching content categories in the(More)
We present a framework to describe the process of conducting community-based qualitative research. Qualitative research activities are presented as a series of interrelated acts called asking, witnessing, interpreting, and knowing. Each act in the research process is described in terms of current qualitative research practices, and illustrated with examples(More)
The present study compares the familiarity with and attitudes about psychiatric advance directives among multiple community stakeholders in two Ohio communities. One community was involved in a pilot psychiatric advance directive education project, and one was not. A total of 272 legal and law enforcement personnel, clergy, healthcare professionals, mental(More)
In this introduction to the special issue, we describe some of the rewards and challenges of community-based arts initiatives for our discipline. We explore the inherent tensions between art and science that are reflected in community-based arts activities. We pose larger questions about researching community-based arts activities and defining the arts as a(More)
Using a life course perspective, the research examines personal accounts of adults with schizophrenia, and their parents and well-siblings from six families. Accounts of multiple members of the same family, including the family member with schizophrenia, are used to describe how families understand and accommodate life changes that result from the illness.(More)