Parental Psychiatric Disorder presents an innovative approach to thinking about and working with families where a parent has a mental illness. With 30 new chapters from an internationally renowned author team, this new edition presents the current state of knowledge in this critically important field. Issues around prevalence, stigma and systems theory provide a foundation for the book, which offers new paradigms for understanding mental illness in families. The impact of various parental psychiatric disorders on children and family relationships are summarized, including coverage of schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders and trauma. Multiple innovative interventions are outlined, targeting children, parents and families, as well as strategies that foster workforce and organisational development. Incorporating different theoretical frameworks, the book enhances understanding of the dimensions of psychiatric disorders from a multigenerational perspective, making this an invaluable text for students, researchers and clinicians from many mental health disciplines.
Preface; Part I. Fundamental Issues: 1. Towards the development of a conceptual framework; 2. What we want from mental health professionals: 'telling it like it is'; 3. Parental mental illness: estimating prevalence to inform policy and practice; 4. The effect of parents' psychiatric disorder on children's attachment: theory and cases; 5. Assessing the economic costs of parental mental illness; 6. Stigma and families where a parent has a mental illness; Part II. Comprehensive Assessment: 7. Assessment and formulation of parenting; 8. Assessment of parents for the court; 9. Thinking about children of parents with mental illnesses as a form of intergenerational practice; 10. Parental diagnosis and children's outcomes; Part III. Specific Disorders: The Impact on Children, Parenting and Family Relationships: 11. Schizophrenia and motherhood; 12. The impact of parental depression on children; 13. Parents with anxiety disorders; 14. Children of alcohol and other drug abusing parents; 15. Mothers with eating disorders and their children; 16. Parenting and borderline personality disorder; 17. Working with parental personality disorder: key issues for mental health professionals and services; 18. Parenting, immigration status, and mental health; Part IV. Child, Parent and Family Interventions: 19. Helping children understand their parent's mental illness; 20. Psychopharmacology and motherhood; 21. Enhancing depressed mothers' sensitivity; 22. Working with parents who have a psychiatric disorder; 23. Grandparents as primary caregivers; 24. Interventions for families when a parent has depression; 25. Creating positive parenting experiences: family options; Part V. Building Workforce, Organisational and Community Capacity: 26. Parental psychiatric disorder: translating the family model into practice change; 27. E-learning professional development resources for families where a parent has a mental illness; 28. How can we make the psychiatric workforce more family focused?; 29. A personal recovery model for parents with mental health problems; 30. Helping parents with mental illness: the value of professional partnerships fighting de facto bias in the American courts; 31. Preventing unnecessary loss of child custody; 32. Shifting the intervention paradigm from individuals to families living with parental mental illness; 33. The policy context and change for families living with parental mental illness; 34. Are we there yet? Developing a conceptual framework for understanding families where a parent has a mental illness; Index.