Parental Chronic Mental Illness

T. Ostler, B. Ackerson

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This article provides an overview of the effects of parental chronic mental illness on parenting and on the development and well-being of infants and young children. The article describes various types of chronic mental illness and discusses how illness symptoms can contribute to parenting risk. A model for understanding how chronic parental mental illness can effect child development is then presented followed by a synthesis of findings on the outcomes of young children who are reared by a parent with a chronic mental illness. Attention is given to maternal mental illnesses in the peripartum period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780123708779
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Anxiety disorders
  • Child development
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Infants
  • Parenting
  • Postpartum depression
  • Postpartum psychosis
  • Young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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