Developmental experience of adolescent daughters of institutionalized and non-institutionalized schizophrenic mothers in Kerala, India: A qualitative case study

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology Major in Clinical Counseling

Subject Categories

Counseling Psychology | Counselor Education


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Counseling and Educational Psychology

Thesis Adviser

Nino Jose C. Mateo

Defense Panel Chair

Jose Alberto S. Reyes

Defense Panel Member

Washington Garcia
Aime T. Guarino
Alicia F. Estrellado
Ma. Cristina Saldivar


The study looked into the impact of maternal schizophrenia on the successful resolutions of the developmental tasks of adolescent daughters in India. It sought to compare the developmental experiences of participants whose mothers are institutionalized and those that are not institutionalized. This study utilized Havighursts Developmental Task theory in exploring challenges and coping strategies involved in the developmental experience of the participants. Using a case study approach, ten daughters of institutionalized mothers and ten daughters of non-institutionalized mothers between 12-19 years old were interviewed. Results show that most of the participants had debilitating experiences of deprivation, social stigma, restrictive environment, and isolation resulting to internalized behaviors such as anxiety, avoidance, disillusionment, and a sense of rejection among others. The participants adopted both positive and negative strategies to cope with the difficulties in their everyday life with the support and care from others. Results were discussed in the light of the challenges faced by the adolescent girls in the accomplishment of their developmental tasks. The study revealed the importance of a strong social support group to help them handle their challenges, especially in fulfilling their developmental needs as adolescents.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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2 discs; 4 3/4 inches


Schizophrenia--Case studies; Mothers; Daughters

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