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ERIC Number: EJ837863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
Understanding Parental Grief as a Response to Mental Illness: Implications for Practice
Penzo, Jeanine A.; Harvey, Pat
Journal of Family Social Work, v11 n3 p323-338 Aug 2008
Parents who are raising children with mental illness struggle with feelings of grief and loss. Kubler-Ross' (1969) stages of grieving (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) are examined as experienced by parents raising children with chronic mental illness. Practice implications for social workers who are working with children and their parents are discussed. Acknowledging and understanding parental grief, while providing emotional support, leads to a more effective working partnership. This collaboration of parents and social worker can result in more effective treatment for the child with mental illness. Examples from one of the co-author's personal experiences are included. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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