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ERIC Number: EJ815489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
The Silent Parent: Developing Knowledge about the Experiences of Parents with Mental Illness
Boursnell, Melanie
Child Care in Practice, v13 n3 p251-260 Jul 2007
This paper explores the lived experiences of parents with mental illness in Australia. It draws on in-depth interviews with parents (n = 10) who have mental illness and provides an analysis of national mental health policies. The analysis of the parents' narratives is essential in building a picture for those involved in the issues associated with directing and developing services to support parents with mental illness. This paper also provides information for workers who are often faced with a lack of good practice programmes to address the complexities that parents with mental health issues often present. Little is known in this field about the complex needs of families who live with mental illness or recognition of the complex needs of this vulnerable group of families. In fact, there is only recently emerging evidence to indicate an awareness of children in the lives of parents with mental illness. This paper focuses upon lived experience, social process, and social policy across the troubled terrain of mental illness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia