Parents with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness: Issues in Assessment and Services

Barry Ackerson

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Abstract

Parents who have serious and persistent mental illness are often overlooked in social work and mental health journals. Furthermore, mentally ill parents typically are viewed from a pathology perspective that fails to address their desire to be competent parents. This article reviews the literature on mentally ill parents and addresses conceptual issues in assessment and services. The author critiques methods of assessment and recommends more appropriate and comprehensive assessment protocols. Model programs are discussed with a focus on the development of competent parenting skills combined with social supports for parents who have a serious and persistent mental illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-194
Number of pages8
JournalSocial work
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2003

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Child welfare
  • Mental health
  • Mental illness
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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