Phenomenological Study on the Life of People with Schizophrenia

조현병을 가진 사람의 삶에 대한 현상학적 연구

  • 박미원 (창원정신건강복지센터) ;
  • 엄태완 (경남대학교 사회복지학과)
  • Received : 2018.08.17
  • Accepted : 2018.11.20
  • Published : 2018.11.28


This study aimed to understand the meaning and essence inherent in the life experiences of people with schizophrenia. We approached with phenomenological method, and the research participants were 10 adults, aged 20 or older, who were diagnosed with schizophrenia. As a result, we found four essential themes. The participants with schizophrenia lived a life with special constraints of being thrown to the reality in which they experienced continuing suffering. Nevertheless, their daily lives were maintained on the basis of their own feelings and needs. In this study, we confirmed that they should be understood and treated in the mental health field with the perspective that they are not 'patients' nor a pathological outcome, but a 'human' with schizophrenia.


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