ERIC Number: ED470406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Mental Illness. Building Community Systems for Young Children.
Hendrick, Victoria; Daly, Kathleen
Families are the principal influence on development in the first years of life, so the mental health of parents is an issue that affects every child in California. The most common mental health concerns facing parents involve stress and anxiety. These needs can be addressed through public health messages that de-stigmatize mental illness and through the availability of private and publicly subsidized counseling and social work services. Further along the cost and service intensity spectrum are parents who suffer from depression or panic disorder. While the number of parents with major mental illnesses is small, their service needs are substantial. In the discussion that follows, it is suggested that a balance of population-oriented prevention and support services, together with more intensive and coordinated services for higher levels of need, represents the most efficient way to meet the needs of parents with mental illness, and the children who depend upon them. Because the authors' orientation is toward Proposition 10 funding for infancy and early childhood, the ways in which infants and young children can benefit from the supported involvement of their parents is emphasized. Addressing the mental health needs of parents increases the likelihood that all children in California will experience positive, nurturing, and enriching interactions with their parents. (Contains 66 references.) (GCP)
Descriptors: Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Resource Allocation, Social Services, Young Children
UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, Box 951772, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772. Tel: 310-206-1898; Web site: http://healthychild.ucla.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 10 (California 1998)