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Children caring for parents with mental illnessPerspectives of young carers, parents and professionals$
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Jo Aldridge

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344007

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344007.001.0001

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The effects of mental illness on parents and relationships with their children

The effects of mental illness on parents and relationships with their children

(p.27) TWO The effects of mental illness on parents and relationships with their children
Children caring for parents with mental illness

Jo Aldridge

Saul Becker

Policy Press

This chapter presents the perspective of parents who are living with mental health issues. It examines further the caring and filial relationships parents share with their children when parents have mental health problems and children are providing care. It also aims to understand the factors that can cause and perpetuate mental illness and thereby create impediments to effective parenting from the point of view of the parents themselves who face these obstructions on a daily basis. These factors include: genetic susceptibility to mental illness; expeditious factors such as bereavement, divorce, parental separation, and parent relationship problems; factors that are of an enduring nature such ongoing housing or financial problems, lack of effective support inputs, and chronicity of other health problems.

Keywords:   filial relationships, mental health problems, mentally-ill parents, psychiatric disorders, genetic susceptibility

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