- Work and family,
- Mentally ill children -- Services for,
- Parents of mentally ill children
Our research team sought to discover the factors that lead to the unemployment of parents of children with mental health disorders. Our preliminary analyses and findings are reported in this presentation. We controlled for factors that affect participation in the paid workforce for parents in general: (a) child age, (b) level of caregiver education, and (c) the number of children in the household. We also introduced factors that pertain specifically to families that have children with emotional or behavioral disorders: the level of the child's internalizing and externalizing symptoms, and the number of child absences from school. Our research was guided by specific hypotheses: 1. The more severe the child's symptoms, the more days of school the child will miss. 2. The greater the number of child absences, the greater the disruption in the caregiver's employment. 3. Some caregivers will have to stop working outside the home because of frequent disruptions.