Schizophrenia: the impact of parental illness on children

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/22312
Title:
Schizophrenia: the impact of parental illness on children
Authors:
Somers, Victoria
Affiliation:
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Citation:
British Journal of Social Work (2007) 37, 1319–1334
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
British Journal of Social Work
Issue Date:
18-Aug-2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/22312
DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcl083
Additional Links:
http://www.swetswise.com
Abstract:
This research sets out to discover what impact parental schizophrenia makes on a child’s life. It focuses on the daily life and experiences of children. Their health, education, family and leisure activities are examined. Contact with helping agencies and their unmet needs are investigated. The sample was drawn from the children of patients attending the mental health services in South West Dublin. They were matched with a control group of children of well parents. The majority of children who have one parent with schizophrenia had similar profiles to the children of well parents in the areas of physical health, positive family feelings, friendships, hobbies and household tasks. In a number of other areas, however, differences were found. Sample children had more psychiatric disturbance, more problems associated with school, less contact with relatives and spent more time at home. The children had little access to services and were upset by hospital visiting. The need for an educational programme and support for these children was demonstrated. It is recommended that a more co-ordinated approach is required by both adult and child mental health services in order to meet their needs.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
MENTAL ILLNESS; SCHIZOPHRENIA
ISSN:
00453102; 1468263X

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSomers, Victoria-
dc.date.accessioned2008-04-04T11:11:50Z-
dc.date.available2008-04-04T11:11:50Z-
dc.date.issued2007-08-18-
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal of Social Work (2007) 37, 1319–1334en
dc.identifier.issn00453102-
dc.identifier.issn1468263X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bcl083-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/22312-
dc.description.abstractThis research sets out to discover what impact parental schizophrenia makes on a child’s life. It focuses on the daily life and experiences of children. Their health, education, family and leisure activities are examined. Contact with helping agencies and their unmet needs are investigated. The sample was drawn from the children of patients attending the mental health services in South West Dublin. They were matched with a control group of children of well parents. The majority of children who have one parent with schizophrenia had similar profiles to the children of well parents in the areas of physical health, positive family feelings, friendships, hobbies and household tasks. In a number of other areas, however, differences were found. Sample children had more psychiatric disturbance, more problems associated with school, less contact with relatives and spent more time at home. The children had little access to services and were upset by hospital visiting. The need for an educational programme and support for these children was demonstrated. It is recommended that a more co-ordinated approach is required by both adult and child mental health services in order to meet their needs.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.swetswise.comen
dc.subjectMENTAL ILLNESSen
dc.subjectSCHIZOPHRENIAen
dc.titleSchizophrenia: the impact of parental illness on childrenen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Service Executive (HSE)en
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Social Worken
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