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Parenting a young person with mental health problems: temporal disruption and reconstruction.

Harden, Jeni (2005) Parenting a young person with mental health problems: temporal disruption and reconstruction. Sociology of Health and Illness, 27 (3). pp. 351-371. ISSN 1467 9566

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The article explores the experiences of parents living with a young person with mental health problems. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 25 parents (18 mothers and 7 fathers) whose child had a diagnosed psychiatric condition. It is argued that the parents engaged in a form of narrative reconstruction of their dual roles as parents and carers as they tried to make sense of the illness in their lives by reconstructing their past, present and future experiences. The concept ‘responsibility’ was threaded through the parents’ narratives and is discussed in relation to three key dimensions – moral responsibility; causal responsibility; and responsibility for self. It is argued that the moral imperative to care for their child was the dominant theme in the parents’ narratives but that this was challenged by their lack of knowledge of psychiatric conditions; their interactions with healthcare professionals; their relationships with their child; and their difficulties in coping with the extended parental responsibility that arose from their caring role.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1467 9566
Uncontrolled Keywords: Young Person; Young Adult; Parenting; Mental health; Problems; Disruption; Temporal awareness; Narrative reconstruction;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology > 158 Applied psychology
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 304 Factors affecting social behavior
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 300 Social sciences
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Item ID: 2220
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2008 09:41
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2013 13:46
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2220

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