Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation
ENMESH Parenting with success and satisfaction, a model for parents with (severe) mental illness
Introduction About half of the people with (severe) mental illness (SMI) face the challenge of combining their mental problems with parental tasks. From the perspective of personal recovery it is important to understand the meaning of the strategies that parents can develop to deal with the challenges and vulnerabilities that a mental illness may convey. A model of Needs, Barriers, Motivation, Strategies and Goals is conceptualized towards parenting with success and satisfaction. This model is to make possibilities of parents with mental health problems comprehensible. Method Items are described from a recent doctoral thesis (Van der Ende, 2016). This information is complemented with findings from other studies. Results The model starts with parental needs. Next are barriers that are in the way of reaching good parental goals. Motivated by stimuli from their families and/or developed strategies the parental role can be executed with success and satisfaction. Conclusion Support by the informal network or professionals is needed in a lot of cases. To support a satisfying and successful parental role, by professionals, an intervention is developed and evaluated.