Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/20919
Title: Adult children of parents with mental illness: navigating stigma
Contributor(s): Murphy, Gillian (author); Peters, Kath (author); Wilkes, Lesley (author); Jackson, Debra  (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12246
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/20919
Abstract: The experiences of children who live with parental mental illness are becoming increasingly recognized. However, there remains a limited body of knowledge in relation to an individual's longer term experiences. This study sought adult children's experiences of childhood parental mental illness. It generated reflections of 13 adult children who had lived with parents with mental illness during their childhood. The narrative design of the study facilitated a voice for participants. The paper presents one main theme of the findings. The findings offer a unique insight into childhood awareness of social stigmas and children's behavioural changes to avoid disclosure of parental mental illness. Participants noted that they were aware of social stigmas associated with mental illness during their childhood. This contributed to their fear of disclosure to others that fuelled a culture of familial secrecy, reinforcing the children's own sense of difference. Further work is required to enhance community understanding about the familial journeys of parental mental illness and the impact of negative-natured stigmas.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Child & Family Social Work, 22(1), p. 330-338
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1365-2206
1356-7500
Field of Research (FOR): 111005 Mental Health Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920202 Carer Health
920209 Mental Health Services
920210 Nursing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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