Children's Representatives in Psychiatric Services: What Is the Outcome?

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Children's Representatives in Psychiatric Services: What Is the Outcome?
Author(s) Östman, Margareta ; Afzelius, Maria
Date 2011
English abstract
Background: Psychiatric services have established children’s representatives in an effort to support children of mentally ill patients. Material: Twenty two specially designated children’s representatives and 19 other staff members were asked how they conceived the role of children’s repre-sentatives and if those representatives had the responsibility of identifying children of mentally ill patients. Discussion: Children’s representatives expressed difficulty in functioning as advocates for children whose parents were being treated for mental illness. Members of the psychiatric staff, although aware their patients had children, seldom met them since they focused on the adults. Conclusions: More than one third of all patients seeking psychiatric care have children, yet children’s representatives and other staff members seldom meet them.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020764008100605 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue International Journal of Social Psychiatry;2
Volume 57
ISSN 1741-2854
Pages 144-152
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) children of mentally ill patients
children’s representatives
mental illness,
mentally ill parents,
resilience
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/11824 (link to this page)

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