Families with Parental Mental Illness, Adolescence

  • Carol Thiessen Mowbray
  • Daphna Oyserman


The offspring of parents with mental illness have long been a focus of research and a concern for practitioners. During childhood and adolescence, this population is considered at risk for problematic behavioral, academic, and social outcomes. In adulthood, their likelihood of having a diag-nosable mental illness is significantly elevated. Vulnerability emanates from a combination of biological and environmental sources, including genetic factors (US DHHS, 1999, pp. 129, 237, 251, 254, 276), problematic parenting, and parental separations, as well as from social/contextual factors such as poverty, social isolation, stigma, and discrimination (Oyserman, Mowbray, Allen-Meares, & Firminger, 2000). This entry focuses on how interventions with school age and adolescent offspring of parents with mental illness may be planned and conducted to prevent predictable problems, protect their healthy functioning, and promote desired goals.


Mental Illness Family Functioning Maternal Depressive Symptom Psychiatric Rehabilitation Marital Discord 
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