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Carolyn Byrne

In: Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations

Chapter 12: Parental Agency and Mental Health: Construction and Proaction in Families with a Depressed Parent

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Parental Agency and Mental Health: Construction and Proaction in Families with a Depressed Parent
Parental agency and mental health: Construction and proaction in families with a depressed parent
CarolynByrne
Introduction

This chapter provides a brief overview of the state of research exploring the impact of parental mental illness on children and families. It uses parental depression as an example to highlight what is known, gaps in our understanding, and areas for future research.

Overview

The biomedical model has been useful in the field of mental health as an aid in understanding the etiology and medical management of psychiatric disorders. This perspective has assisted in answering questions about specific mental disorders by addressing such issues as the prevalence of problems, the prognosis of problems (what happens to the problems over time), ...

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