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Toward a Family-Centered Approach: Families Coping with Parental Mental Illness
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Kathleen Biebel, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Beth R. Hinden, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
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Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Parenting; Parents; Family Relations; Mental Disorders; Mentally Ill Persons
Summary: Family-centered approaches have emerged from the child mental health arena. The family-centered model stems from the recognition that children and adults live and function in families and that children are best served when their families are supported. Historically, there has been much silence about the parenting role among adults with mental illness. Traditional mental health services have largely ignored this central reality in the lives of adult clients who are parents and their children. As issues of parenting are typically not included in mental health service planning, the needs of parents with mental illness and their children remain unknown and/or unaddressed.
Biebel, K., & Hinden, B. (2001). Towards a family-centered approach: Families coping with parental mental illness. 2000 Building on Family Strengths Conference. (pp. 53-56). Portland, OR: Portland State University, Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health. Available at:
Citation Information
Kathleen Biebel and Beth R. Hinden. "Toward a Family-Centered Approach: Families Coping with Parental Mental Illness" (2001)
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