At-risk children: A demographic analysis of the children of clients attending mental health community clinics

Ahern, K. J. (2003) At-risk children: A demographic analysis of the children of clients attending mental health community clinics. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 12 3: 223-228.


Author Ahern, K. J.
Title At-risk children: A demographic analysis of the children of clients attending mental health community clinics
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-8330
Publication date 2003
DOI 10.1046/j.1440-0979.2003.00292.x
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 223
End page 228
Total pages 6
Editor M. Hazelton
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publ Asia
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
321204 Mental Health
730302 Nursing
Abstract Children of parents with mental illness have an increased risk of psychological problems. The aim of this study was to identify the demographic characteristics of dependent children of adults presenting at mental health clinics in Western Australia. A survey of clients who attended the clinics indicated that half reported having had children. Of these, 21% had a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia. Although schizophrenia was the most common illness, there were almost seven times more children living with a parent with a primary diagnosis of depression than schizophrenia. Recommendations include that children of clients with mental illness be included as part of a wider client focus.
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