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Assessment of Parenting Competency in Mothers with Mental Illness
Author: Teresa Ostler

ISBN: 9781557666659
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 23 October 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1
This book guides professionals through the process of evaluating whether a mother with a major mental illness is at risk for maltreating her child.Children of parents with a major mental illness are at a high risk for both emotional disorders and developmental delays. However, attachment theory holds that the bonds of love between parent and child are among the most powerful indicators of future emotional health. Assessing when a parent poses a significant risk to her children is fraught with problems: there are few instruments that look at psychological functioning as it relates to parenting skills, the observation of a parent in multiple contexts is extremely difficult, there are differences in childrearing practices across cultures, and many instruments tend to focus on parenting deficits rather than strengths, just to name a few.This book provides a comprehensive overview about how to evaluate whether a mother with a mental illness is able to safely care for her children. The book synthesizes the research about psychiatric disorders and parenting and outlines eight principles for sound assessment methodology. It provides a s...

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