Parenting among mothers with a serious mental illness

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2000 Jul;70(3):296-315. doi: 10.1037/h0087733.


In the past few decades, deinstitutionalization and community-based rehabilitation and support programs have increased the likelihood that women with serious mental disorders will be parents and will raise their children. This review describes what is known about the parenting of these women, focusing on diagnosis, child characteristics, and other contextual effects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Mother-Child Relations
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Parenting / psychology*