Schizophrenia in college students in Korea: a qualitative perspective.

Perspectives in psychiatric care

PubMedID: 16480414

Sung KM, Puskar KR. Schizophrenia in college students in Korea: a qualitative perspective. Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2006;42(1):21-32.
PURPOSE
The objective of this study was to identify the salient themes that characterize the life experiences of college students with schizophrenia.

METHODS
Twenty-one schizophrenia patients enrolled in college underwent in-depth interviews employing semistructured questionnaires. The content of the interviews was analyzed for recurring themes and categories of experience.

FINDINGS
Analyses revealed 25 themes and six categories of experience. Subjects reported the experiences of school life (23.6%), interactions with family (22.2%), interactions with friends (21.9%), a mental illness (20.5%), everyday life (6.1%), and social role performance (5.7%).

CONCLUSIONS
This study supports the need for treatment options that meet the students' actual life experiences focusing on developmental characteristics and needs.