A Phenomenologycal Study: Family Experience in Expressed Emotion in Providing Care for Client with Risk of Aggressive Behavior

Ika Ratih Wibawa, Achir Yani Hamid, Novy Helena Daulima


Agressiveness and violent behavior are among the symptoms manifested in individual with severe mental disorder. The relationship between caregiving and mental disorder can be assessed through expressed emotion. This study aimed to identify family experience in expressing emotion when providing care for client with risk of aggressive behavior. The study design was qualitative with phenomenological approach. Six participants were involved for an in-depth interview about their experiences in expressing emotion in providing care for client with risk of aggressive behavior. The findings identified three themes that included psychological responses followed by physical responses as manifestation of family response, hostility as reflection of family’s negative emotion, and positive interaction within family to meet psychological need. The findings may be used as reference for nurses or families to consider expressed emotion when providing care for client with risk of aggressive behavior. The result suggested that psychiatric nurse to emphasize expressed emotion when providing psycho-education for family and self-hep group.


expressed emotion, family, risk of aggressive behavior


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