'Let's talk about children' resource: A parallel mixed method evaluation

Vicki Louise Cooper, Andrea Erika Reupert

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Psycho-education interventions for families affected by parental mental illness have been found to be effective. This study aimed to assess the feasibility of a psycho-educational resource for parents, designed to initiate family discussions about parental mental illness and educate parents about the impact of their illness on children. In a mixed methods design, 19 parents read the “Let’s Talk About Children” psycho-educational resource and completed pre-and-post questionnaires measuring their perspectives of mental illness and awareness of the impact of mental illness on their children and family. 18 of these participated in a follow-up, one hour, individual interview to obtain further feedback on the resource. After viewing the resource, changes in parents’ attitudes and/or behavior in relation to mental illness and parenting were recorded. Interview findings indicate that the resource gave parents an awareness of the skills and knowledge needed for initiating family discussions about parental mental illness. The results of this study can be used to inform future interventions targeting parents who experience mental illness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-65
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Communication
  • depression
  • education
  • maternal
  • mental health
  • mental health promotion
  • pilot/feasible study
  • prevention
  • psychoeducational family work
  • psychosocial intervention
  • social support

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