Meeting the Intergenerational Needs of Families Where a Parent Has a Mental Illness

Melinda Goodyear, Myfanwy McDonald, Henry von Doussa, Rose Cuff, Beth Dunlop

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Parental mental illness can have significant psychological, social and economic impacts on families. Because of the potential impact of a parent’s mental illness on children, it can also have an ‘intergenerational’ impact. For example, children may develop a heightened awareness of their parent’s symptoms, become burdened with caring responsibilities and may even develop their own mental health conditions though a mix of genetic and environmental influences. For this reason, it is important for services to address the intergenerational impacts of parental mental illness.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Parent and Family Mental Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2018


  • parental mental illness
  • FaPMI
  • families where a parents has a mental illness (FaPMI)
  • mental illness
  • Australia
  • parent-child relationships

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