Parental Psychiatric Disorder: Distressed Parents and Their Families

Author(s): Michael V. Gopfert

Couple & Family Therapy

It is indisputable that mental illness in a parent has serious and often adverse effects on the child, a fact which is surprisingly unreflected in clinical service provision. An international, multidisciplinary team of professionals reviews the most up-to-date treatment interventions from a practical, clinical point of view in this completely rewritten new edition, It will be essential reading for all professionals dealing with adult mental illness and child-care. First Edition Hb (1996): 0-521-45259-7 First Edition Pb (1996): 0-521-45892-7


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'A unique and innovative approach to family issues in psychiatric disorders. The authors tackle a broad range of complex issues that are rarely covered in the depth or with the expertise that this volume brings. This book is a major contribution to the field and provides the kind of international perspective that enhances our understanding of the complex dimensions of psychiatric disorders from a multigenerational and cross-cultural perspective.' Carol Nadelson, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School 'Over the past two decades, the needs of the informal carers of mentally ill people have been accorded increasing recognition. By contrast, the needs of children of the mentally ill have been sadly neglected. A personal account by such a child, now grown up, expresses this poignantly: 'Being denied the necessary adult attention left me with the feeling that I did not deserve it, as if I had no right to ask to be cared for.' This book is a timely and successful attempt to redress this neglect. It is an authoritative compilation which covers a wide range of adult disorders and their impact on children, and is both informative and practical.' Julian Leff, Professor of Social Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, London 'A welcome pioneer in the area of adult mental illness in the context of parenthood. It brings a wide range of scholarship and perspectives to bear on a hitherto much neglected subject ... The scope of the work, covering as it does both general systemic and specific biological developmental and social issues, together with the careful referencing of corroborative studies should make it an important text for students of both child and adult psychiatry as well as community mental health.' Freda Martin, Executive Director, the Hincks Centre for Children's Mental Health, Toronto 'The book is accessible. The chapters are short, and mostly include case studies ... I highly recommend this book to CPNs and other professionals looking after the adult mentally ill and their children.' Mental Health Nursing '... it has a great deal to commend it.' Community Care 'This book is an excellent example of international teamwork. It brings home the message about how our current approach towards mental illness needs to change ... It is very empathetically written ... It is a job well-done as it stimulates the reader to think developmentally. It will be the harbinger for future research in this field.' Doody's Notes 'This book is of vital importance to all psychiatrists at different subspecialties and general practitioners that deal with psychiatric patients who are members of a family, and it is of great interest to mental health services planners. I believe this book is a very good buy.' Saudi Medical Journal 'This book presents a balanced, expert source of knowledge of prevention and treatment. The impressive list of contributors of different fields of mental health, as well asn the presence of the voice of the users is a powerful model of what could be achieved, without dismissing the work and effort needed to effect such changes. It is a very valuable tool for all those involved in the care of the psychiatric patients and their children.' Infant and Child Development 'This is a thoroughly researched textbook but at the same time a carefully and passionately argued call for change.' Journal of Psychological Medicine 'This book is valuable for all professions that deal with parents who suffer from mental disorders. ... this book covers a wide range of relevant topics compiled from a multidisciplinary team of 32 authors and publishers from various countries.' Journal of Psychosomatic Research

Date of Birth 15 November 1947. Date of Birth 24 March 1935.

Foreword Graham Thornicroft; Part I. Basic Issues: 1. What we want from adult psychiatrists and their colleagues: 'telling it like it is' Sandra Bilsborrow; 2. Parenthood and mental illness Mary V. Seeman and Michael Gopfert; 3. Parental psychiatric disorder and the developing child Alyson Hall; 4. Parental psychiatric disorder and the attachment relationship Jonathan Hill; 5. The construction of parenting and its context Michael Gopfert, Jeni Webster and Julia Nelki; Part II. Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment: 6. 'The same as they treat everybody else' Vicki Cowling; 7. Assessment Michael Gopfert, Jeni Webster and Julia Nelki; 8. Clinical assessment and treatment of parenting problems in mothers with major psychiatric disorders Theresa Jacobsen; 9. Perinatal mental illness: clinical and service issues Gertrude Seneviratne and Sue Conroy; 10. Assessment and treatment issues when parents have personality disorders Eia Asen and Heiner Schuff; Part III. Specific Disorders: the Impact on Parent-Child Relationships: 11. Schizophrenia and motherhood Mary V. Seeman; 12. When a parent suffers from an affective disorder: effect on the child Christine Puckering; 13. Alcohol and drug problems in parents: an overview of the impact on children and implications for practice Richard Velleman; 14. When mothers use drugs Sydney L. Hans; 15. Personality disorders in parents: developmental perspectives, formulation and intervention Gwen Adshead, Adrian Falkov and Michael Gopfert; Part IV. Specific Treatments and Service Needs: 16. Psychopharmacology and motherhood Mary V. Seeman and Neil Seeman; 17. Social work issues David Clodman; 18. Legal issues Colby C. Brunt; 19. Legal frameworks and issues - some international comparisons Amy Weir; Part V. Child-Sensitive Therapeutic Interventions: 20. The child grown up Denise Roberts; 21. Talking with children and their understanding of mental illness Alan Cooklin; 22. Family therapy when a parent suffers from a psychiatric disorder Alan Cooklin and Gorell Barnes; Part VI. Models for Collaborative Services and Staff Training: 23. Keeping the family in mind: setting a local agenda for change Clare Mahoney; 24. Are our services for families with a mentally ill parent adequate? Duncan McLean, Jennifer Hearle and John McGrath; 25. Models of service provision in three countries Vicky Cowling et al.; 26. Overcoming obstacles to interagency support: learning from Europe Karen Blaistow and Rachael Hetherington; 27. Training Adrian Falkov; Afterword John Cox; Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780521534970
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : May 2004
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael V. Gopfert
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 616.89
  • : 424
  • : 1 b/w illus. 6 tables