Longing and fearing for dialogue with children: depressed parents' way into Beardslee's preventive family intervention
2008 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 0803-9488, E-ISSN 1502-4725, Vol. 62, no 5, 399-404 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: There is a growing interest in prevention of mental disorders in children of mentally ill parents. Beardslee’s preventive family intervention is a method recently introduced into Sweden. When asking parents to participate in this intervention it has become evident how sensitive the issue of parenthood is to our patients.
Aim: The study aims at exploring what depressed parents considered as obstacles and facilitating factors for accepting Beardslee’s family intervention.
Methods: Ten parents from two psychiatric clinics and one primary health care centre in northern Sweden were interviewed by semi-structured technique. Nine of these parents had accepted and participated in Beardslee’s family intervention, one parent had been offered but refused participation. Data were analysed according to grounded theory.
Results: The main reason for taking part was the lack of dialogue these parents perceived with their children. There were difficulties in talking about and finding words to explain the depression. The parents were worried about their children, wishing to know how the children were actually feeling, and wanting the professionals to take a look at them. To open up was both frightening and tempting. It implied the consideration of many aspects: the right timing, shame and guilt, the partner’s interest, the children’s willingness and the involvement of professionals.
Conclusion: The findings show the delicacy of the issue of children’s well-being when a parent is depressed and they highlight some important topics to discuss with the parents when preventive interventions are offered.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 62, no 5, 399-404 p.
Beardslee's family intervention, parental mental illness, prevention, qualitative analysis
Research subject Psychiatry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40696DOI: 10.1080/08039480801984800OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-40696DiVA: diva2:402091