Evaulation of a resilience-based intervention for children of parents with mental illness

Fraser, Eliza and Pakenham, Kenneth I. (2008) Evaulation of a resilience-based intervention for children of parents with mental illness. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42 12: 1041-1050. doi:10.1080/00048670802512065


Author Fraser, Eliza
Pakenham, Kenneth I.
Title Evaulation of a resilience-based intervention for children of parents with mental illness
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8674
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00048670802512065
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 42
Issue 12
Start page 1041
End page 1050
Total pages 10
Editor Peter Joyce
Place of publication New York , U.S.A.
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject C1
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
920410 Mental Health
Abstract Objective: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a group psychosocial intervention for children (aged 12-18) of a parent with mental illness (copmi).
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Objective: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a group psychosocial intervention for children (aged 12-18) of a parent with mental illness (copmi).

Method: A treatment and waitlist-control design study with pre- and post-treatment, and 8 week follow up, was carried out. The treatment (n=27) and control (n=17) groups were compared on three groups of dependent variables: intervention targets (mental health literacy, connectedness, coping strategies), adjustment (depression, life satisfaction, prosocial behaviour, emotional/behavioural difficulties), and caregiving experiences.

Results: Group comparisons failed to show statistically significant intervention effects, but reliable clinical change analyses suggested that compared to the control group, more intervention participants had clinically significant improvements in mental health literacy, depression, and life satisfaction. These treatment gains were maintained 8 weeks after treatment. Participant satisfaction data supported these treatment gains.

Conclusions: Given study limitations and the modest support for intervention effectiveness it is important that this and other similar interventions should continue to be revised and undergo rigorous evaluation.
Keyword adolescents
children
parental mental illness
psychosocial intervention
young carers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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