Chronic parental mental illness

Teresa Ostler, Barry Ackerson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This overview discusses various chronic mental illnesses, psychotic and non-psychotic, and how they affect parenting in the peripartum period. Focus is given to the effects of chronic parental mental illness on young children’s development. The factors that exacerbate or ameliorate parenting risk are presented, along with a model to better understand how chronic parental mental illness affects pathways of parents and children. The chapter also emphasizes the need to humanize mental disorders and to engage families in supportive interventions than can mitigate the effects of mental illness, stigma, silence, and shame and on parents, children, and whole families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Chronic mental illness
  • Development in infancy
  • Family communication
  • Humanization
  • Non-psychotic disorders
  • Parenting
  • Peripartum depression
  • Peripartum psychosis
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Stigma and shame

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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