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expressed emotion
perceived expressed emotion
chronic gastrointestinal diseases
service users’
subjective experience of expressed emotion

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The study aims to expand the understanding of perceived relatives’ expressed emotion (EE) according to four subscales: lack of support, irritability, criticism and emotional over-involvement towards service users with chronic gastrointestinal diseases. Considering the aim of the study there is a key research question: Are there any differences in the service users’ subjective experience of EE (perceived EE) and its subscales (lack of support, irritability, criticism and emotional over-involvement) according to demographic characteristics, namely gender, marital status and professional status? The study sample includes 118 service users who were undergoing inpatient treatment in the gastroenterology and proctology departments of the "Volyn Regional Clinical Hospital". The study applies methods of theoretical analysis and the Level of Perceived EE (pLEE) Scale. The results of the study indicate that there are no significant differences in pLEE according to professional status. Employed persons have  the same indicies of perceived  lack of support, irritability, criticism and emotional over-involvement with unemployed service users. Married individuals with chronic gastrointestinal diseases have lower indices of emotional over-involvement and higher indices of perceived lack of support nad iratbility compared to single service users at the level p<0.01. Women experience higher lack of support compared to men at the level p<0.05. The study has an important practical implication, namely developing a psychoeducational program for relatives and healthcare staff of service users with chronic gastrointestinal diseases. It will lead to enhancing the illness-related quality of life in service users.
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