ERIC Number: EJ851044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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The Age of Uncertainty: Parent Perspectives on the Transitions of Young People with Mental Health Difficulties to Adulthood
Jivanjee, Pauline; Kruzich, Jean M.; Gordon, Lynwood J.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v18 n4 p435-446 Aug 2009
For young people aged 16-24, the transition from adolescence to young adulthood involves predictable and unpredictable changes and they may encounter challenges in their roles, relationships, and responsibilities. Young people with mental health difficulties face additional challenges as they and their families navigate this transition. As a result, families commonly experience anxiety, uncertainty, frustration, and turbulent relationships. After learning to become advocates to secure appropriate services for their children, in late adolescence and young adulthood, parents are likely to find themselves excluded from their children's treatment planning and services. This article reports findings from a recent qualitative study of the experiences and perceptions of 42 family members supporting their children with mental health difficulties during the transition years. Family members described their goals for their children, their frustrations trying to access appropriate services for their children, and their strategies to provide the support their children needed. Recommendations are for service providers to connect transition age youth with practical assistance and supportive mentoring relationships. Family members requested service providers to consider them as resources and potential collaborators in supporting young people with mental health difficulties to live successful lives in the community.
Descriptors: Mentors, Mental Disorders, Late Adolescents, Young Adults, Parent Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship, Responsibility, Family Environment, Anxiety, Psychological Patterns, Family Relationship, Advocacy, Parent Role, Transitional Programs, Teamwork
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