Introduction: Uncontrolled behavior of schizophrenic patients, becomes a psychological burden for other family members, so families try to find various effective coping strategies. This study aims to explore the psychological burden and coping strategies of families who have family members with schizophrenia. Methods: This research design uses a phenomenological qualitative approach, with a purposive sampling technique, as many as fifteen family members have schizophrenic relatives as participants. Interviews were conducted through in-depth interviews and analysis of research data using interpretive phenomenology analysis. Results: The themes that were found to represent the psychological burden and coping strategies families were 1) worrying about uncontrolled behavior, 2) inadequate financial responsibilities, 3) seeking help from others and 4) establishing communication between other family members. Conclusion: The psychological burden experienced by family members due to one family member experiencing schizophrenia can be covered by seeking the help of others and establishing effective communication with other family members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


  • Coping strategies
  • Family members
  • Psychological burden
  • Schizophrenia


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