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Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations provides an innovative, interdisciplinary perspective on theory, research, and methodology of dynamic processes in parent-child relations. Edited by distinguished scholar Leon Kuczynski, this accessible volume is divided into six parts. Part I concerns dyadic processes in parent-child relationships and provides the conceptual grounding for the volume as a whole. Parts II and III examine the agency of the child and the agency of the parent, respectively. Part IV considers dynamics in the parent-child dyad as they are mediated by or impact on various lifespan, cultural, and ecological contexts. Part 5 addresses the methodological implications of adopting a dynamic process view of parent-child relations. Part 6 weighs future directions for theory, research, and practice. Interdisciplinary in scope, Handbook of Dynamics ...

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

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.


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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