Initiating communication about parental mental illness in families: an issue of confidence and security
(English)In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, ISSN 0020-7640, E-ISSN 1741-2854Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
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.
Material: Twenty-five parents were interviewed about their experiences of the FI. Data was analysed by qualitative methods.
Discussion: Confidence and security in the professionals and in the FI as a method were prerequisites for initiating communication about the parent’s mental illness with the children.
Conclusions: The 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.
parental mental illness, Beardslee’s family intervention, therapeutic alliance, qualitative analysis.
Research subject Psychiatry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40698OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-40698DiVA: diva2:402093