Mental health and parenting capacity

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Childrens Needs - Parenting Capacity: Child Abuse, Parental Mental Illness, Learning Disability, Substance Misuse, and Domestic Violence by Hedy Cleaver

Childrens Needs - Parenting Capacity This second edition of Childrens needs - parenting capacity updates the original exploration of the research literature in the light of legal and policy changes in England and findings from more recent national and international research. The edition has also been expanded to cover parental learning disabilities and how it may impact on parenting and childrens health and development. The findi... Full description
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The Impact of Parental Mental Health on Children - Dr Alan Cooklin

Fatherhood and mental illness

Recent studies indicate that the pregnancy rates of mothers with schizophrenia do not differ significantly from those of the general population. Mothers' severe mental illness, combined with poor social support and comorbidity, may significantly affect her parenting capacity. However, the poor quality of parenting by psychotic mothers should not be taken for granted, in advance. Some of them may become excellent parents while other may abuse their children and finally lose custody because of this. The parenting capacity is significantly influenced by the existing insight of patient-parent's disease. Assessing the parenting capacity comprises the measurement of insight and of the risk of child abuse as well. Factors associated with increased risk for child abuse are: a active psychiatric symptomatology, b history of violent behavior in the past, c maternal history of abuse during childhood, d dangerous domestic environment, e stressful events and poor social support to the mother and f unrealistic parental expectations.

The variability in children's responses, the effect of mental illness on parenting capacities, and the parent's amenability to treatment suggests a.
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One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year. And yet, nearly one half of people who have experienced depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about it. We have come a long way in promoting understanding and encouraging education about mental illness, but a great deal of stigma remains. So, what happens when you are a parent with a mental illness who is engaged in a custody or access dispute? Is a diagnosis a disadvantage? Should you avoid seeking help for fear of giving fodder to your vindictive ex-spouse? The issue is not whether you have a mental illness; it is whether that mental illness impacts your ability to care for your child.

In common with the population as a whole, most of these parents are committed to their children and want what is best for them. It is important, therefore, that when a practitioner is working with an individual within a family, child or adult, they need to take a holistic approach. This considers the individual as a member of the family who will be affected by their behaviours and who, in turn, will have an impact on each family member. These impacts may be positive and supportive or may be negative. When considering any vulnerabilities or risks that they have identified practitioners should consider the support available to the individual and family from extended family, the wider community and other professionals. A multi-agency protocol has been written for every person, staff or volunteers, working with people whose complex problems might impact on their ability to care for children and for those working with children whose parents or carers have those complex problems.

Text Size:. For amendment and updates see the Amendments and Archives tab above. Parental mental illness does not necessarily have an adverse impact on a child's developmental needs, but it is essential to always assess its implications for each child in the family. Many children whose parents have mental ill health may be seen as children with additional needs requiring professional support, and in these circumstances the need for a common assessment should be considered. Significant harm is defined in Responding to Concerns of Abuse and Neglect Procedure, Concept of significant harm as a situation where a child is likely to suffer a degree of physical harm which is such that it requires a compulsory intervention by child protection agencies into the life of the child and their family. The following factors may impact upon parenting capacity and increase concerns that a child may be suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm:.

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  2. The association between parental depression and child maladjustment is well documented in the literature.

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