Children in Beardslee's family intervention: relieved by understanding of parental mental illness

Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2012 Nov;58(6):623-8. doi: 10.1177/0020764011419055. Epub 2011 Sep 6.


Background: Beardslee's family intervention (FI), which is a family-based preventive method for children of mentally ill parents, has been implemented on a national level in Sweden.

Material: Fourteen children and parents from nine families were interviewed about how the FI was for the children. Data were analysed by qualitative content analysis.

Discussion: A central finding was children's sense of relief and release from worry because of more knowledge and openness about the parent's illness in the family.

Conclusion: The results indicating relief for the children are encouraging.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Child
  • Child of Impaired Parents / psychology*
  • Child of Impaired Parents / statistics & numerical data
  • Communication
  • Disclosure
  • Family
  • Family Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Guilt
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Parents
  • Resilience, Psychological
  • Shame
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden