Supporting parents with enduring mental health problems

P.C. van der Ende, M. Nolan (Editor)

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• The combination of coping with mental health problems and caring for children makes parents vulnerable.
• Family-centred practice can help to maintain and strengthen important family relationships, and to identify and enhance the strengths of parents with a mental illness, thus contributing to their recovery.
• Parents with mental illness find strength for parenting in several ways. They feel responsible, and this helps them to stay alert while parenting; parenthood also offers a basis for social participation.
• Dedication to the parental role provides a focus; parents develop strengths and skills as they find a balance between attending to their own lives and caring for their children, and parenting prompts them to find adequate sources of support and leads to a valued identity.
• Practitioners can support parents with mental health problems to set and address parenting related goals.
Translated title of the contributionOndersteuning van ouders met langdurige mentale gezondheidsproblemen
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational journal of birth and parent education
Issue number4:29-32
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • parenting
  • mental health
  • problems
  • support
  • family-orientated approach


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