Assessment of Parenting Competency in Mothers with Mental Illness - Vital Statistics (Paperback)
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Assessment of Parenting Competency in Mothers with Mental Illness - Vital Statistics (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 30/01/2008
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This book guides professionals through the process of evaluating whether a mother with a major mental illness is at risk for maltreating her child.Children of parents with a major mental illness are at a high risk for both emotional disorders and developmental delays. However, attachment theory holds that the bonds of love between parent and child are among the most powerful indicators of future emotional health. Assessing when a parent poses a significant risk to her children is fraught with problems: there are few instruments that look at psychological functioning as it relates to parenting skills, the observation of a parent in multiple contexts is extremely difficult, there are differences in childrearing practices across cultures, and many instruments tend to focus on parenting deficits rather than strengths, just to name a few.This book provides a comprehensive overview about how to evaluate whether a mother with a mental illness is able to safely care for her children. The book synthesizes the research about psychiatric disorders and parenting and outlines eight principles for sound assessment methodology. It provides a step-by-step description of a parenting evaluation, including assessment of the parent's capabilities, the examination of the child's needs, and consideration of the social factors in the relationship. The book also includes numerous clinical vignettes drawn from the author's experiences.

Publisher: Brookes Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781557666659
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An invaluable resource for practitioners involved with mothers with mental illness and their children." -- Megan Kirshbaum, Ph.D.
"What we can learn about the parent, the child, and the relationship with the help of Dr. Ostler's work can form the basis of individual case plans that can provide the case specific interventions we need to provide the best chance of keeping the family together."--Cindy Lederman, J.D."Presiding Judge, Miami-Dade Juvenile Court" (08/07/2007)
"An essential guide, drawing from an extensive review of the scientific literature, exhaustive consideration of relevant assessment tools and strategies, and years of research and clinical practice."--Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D."Professor of Psychiatry, Licensed Psychologist Provider, Center for Mental Health Services Research; Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School" (08/28/2007)
"An indispensable reference . . . should be required reading for child welfare, mental health, and legal professionals who serve the children and families of our child protection courts."--Denise Kane, Ph.D."Inspector General, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services" (08/29/2007)
"An invaluable resource for practitioners involved with mothers with mental illness and their children." --Meghan Kirshbaum, Ph.D.

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