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Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2012 May;58(3):258-65. doi: 10.1177/0020764010392088. Epub 2011 Mar 18.

Initiating communication about parental mental illness in families: an issue of confidence and security.

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Skellefteå Hospital, Psychiatric Clinic, Skellefteå, Sweden. helja.p@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Beardslee's family intervention (FI) is a family-based intervention to prevent psychiatric problems for children of mentally ill parents. The parents' experiences are of importance in family-based interventions.

METHOD:

Twenty five parents were interviewed about their experiences of FI. Data were analysed by qualitative methods.

DISCUSSION:

Confidence and security in the professionals and in FI as a method were prerequisites for initiating communication about the parents' mental illness with the children.

CONCLUSIONS:

FI provides a solid base for an alliance with the parents and might be a practicable method when parenthood and children are discussed with psychiatric patients.

PMID:
21421639
DOI:
10.1177/0020764010392088
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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