Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861344007 Published March 2003 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781861343994 Published March 2003 For sale in North and South America only

Children caring for parents with mental illness

Perspectives of young carers, parents and professionals

Jo Aldridge and Saul Becker

Children caring for parents with mental illness
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Jo Aldridge and Saul Becker

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | © 2003
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861344007 Published March 2003 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781861343994 Published March 2003 For sale in North and South America only
Little is known about the experiences of children living in families affected by severe and enduring mental illness. This is the first in-depth study of children and young people caring for parents affected in this way. Drawing on primary research data collected from 40 families, the book presents the perspectives of children (young carers), their parents and the key professionals in contact with them. Children caring for parents with mental illness makes an invaluable contribution to the growing evidence base on parental mental illness and outcomes for children. It:·[vbTab]is the first research-based text to examine the experiences and needs of children caring for parents with severe mental illness;·[vbTab]provides the perspectives of children, parents and key professionals in contact with these families;·[vbTab]reviews existing medical, social, child protection and young carers literatures on parental mental illness and consequences for children; ·[vbTab]provides a chronology and guide to relevant law and policy affecting young carers and parents with severe mental illness;·[vbTab]makes concrete recommendations and suggestions for improving policy and professional practice;·[vbTab]contributes to the growing evidence base on parental mental illness and outcomes for children and families.
Contents

Introduction
Parental mental illness and young caring: research and prevalence
The effects of mental illness on parents and relationships with their children
Children's experiences of caring for parents with severe and enduring mental illness
The role and responsibilities of professionals: services and support for young carers and parents with mental illness
Towards a systemic approach: ways forward and conclusions

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