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Child protection and mental health servicesInterprofessional responses to the needs of mothers$
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Nicky Stanley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344274

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344274.001.0001

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Mental health needs and mothering

Mental health needs and mothering

Chapter:
(p.1) One Mental health needs and mothering
Source:
Child protection and mental health services
Author(s):

Nicky Stanley

Bridget Penhale

Denise Riordan

Rosaline S. Barbour

Sue Holden

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344274.003.0001

This chapter explores theoretical work and research on mothers' mental health and its impact on children. It examines the ways in which the mental health needs of mothers are conceptualised within health and social care. Mothering is simultaneously identified as a prime site of origin for women's mental health problems and a key determinant of children's mental health. While the successful exercise of parenting skills and the intimate relationships that mothers experience with their children can be a source of satisfaction and pride, in the context of mothers with mental health needs, research has tended to focus on adverse outcomes. Positive outcomes for parents with mental health problems and their children are rarely noted.

Keywords:   mothers' mental health, mothering, children's mental health, parenting skills

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