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Children of Parents With Mental Illness

Outcomes and Interventions
  • Mary F. Brunette
  • Teresa Jacobsen
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)

Abstract

Many psychiatrically ill women bear and raise children. An extensive literature has documented the potential effects on children resulting from exposure to parental mental illness. Negative outcomes may also result from children’s genetic vulnerabilities, exposure to environmental stressors, and maladaptive parenting styles. Parents’ psychiatric symptoms can affect their parenting behavior and interfere with their awareness of their children’s needs. This chapter reviews the effects of parental mental illness on children and discusses various interventions that can help minimize adverse outcomes. It also addresses ethical and legal issues that arise when working with mentally ill parents.

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Parenting children infants mental illness development 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary F. Brunette
    • 1
  • Teresa Jacobsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Dartmouth Medical School and the New Hampshire Dartmouth Psychiatric Research CenterConcord
  2. 2.School of Social WorkUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana

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