Initiating communication about parental mental illness in families: an issue of confidence and security

Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2012 May;58(3):258-65. doi: 10.1177/0020764010392088. Epub 2011 Mar 18.


Background: Beardslee's family intervention (FI) is a family-based intervention to prevent psychiatric problems for children of mentally ill parents. The parents' experiences are of importance in family-based interventions.

Method: Twenty five parents were interviewed about their experiences of FI. Data were analysed by qualitative methods.

Discussion: Confidence and security in the professionals and in FI as a method were prerequisites for initiating communication about the parents' mental illness with the children.

Conclusions: FI provides a solid base for an alliance with the parents and might be a practicable method when parenthood and children are discussed with psychiatric patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child of Impaired Parents*
  • Communication*
  • Family
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders*
  • Middle Aged
  • Sweden
  • Trust*