Parents' grief in the context of adult child mental illness: A qualitative review

Richardson, Meg, Cobham, Vanessa, Murray, Judith and McDermott, Brett (2011) Parents' grief in the context of adult child mental illness: A qualitative review. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 14 1: 28-43. doi:10.1007/s10567-010-0075-y


Author Richardson, Meg
Cobham, Vanessa
Murray, Judith
McDermott, Brett
Title Parents' grief in the context of adult child mental illness: A qualitative review
Journal name Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1096-4037
1573-2827
Publication date 2011-03-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s10567-010-0075-y
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 28
End page 43
Total pages 16
Editor Ronald J. Prinz
Thomas H. Ollendick
Place of publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Abstract Research indicates that parents and other family members often grieve their child or relative's mental illness. This grief appears resultant from a profound sense of loss, which has been described as complicated and nonfinite (e.g., Atkinson in Am J Psychiatry 151(8):1137-1139, 1994; Davis and Schultz in Soc Sci Med 46(3):369-379, 1998; Jones in Br J Soc Work 34:961-979, 2004; MacGregor in Soc Work 39(2):160-166, 1994; Osborne and Coyle in Couns Psychol Q 15(4):307-323, 2002; Ozgul in Aust N Z J Fam Ther 25(4):183-187, 2004; Tuck et al. in Arch Psychiatric Nurs 11(3):118-125, 1997). This paper reviews existent research in this emerging field, with a focus on parents' grief experience in relation to their adult child's mental disorder. Studies that explore parents' and family members' grief, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, are considered. Research evidence for the association between parents' and family members' grief and other outcomes are discussed. Findings concerning the prediction of grief in parents and family members who have a child or relative with a mental disorder will be reviewed. Finally, this paper considers methodological and theoretical issues associated with existent research and presents options for further study.
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Research indicates that parents and other family members often grieve their child or relative’s mental illness. This grief appears resultant from a profound sense of loss, which has been described as complicated and nonfinite (e.g., Atkinson in Am J Psychiatry 151(8):1137–1139, 1994; Davis and Schultz in Soc Sci Med 46(3):369–379, 1998; Jones in Br J Soc Work 34:961–979, 2004; MacGregor in Soc Work 39(2):160–166, 1994; Osborne and Coyle in Couns Psychol Q 15(4):307–323, 2002; Ozgul in Aust N Z J Fam Ther 25(4):183–187, 2004; Tuck et al. in Arch Psychiatric Nurs 11(3):118–125, 1997). This paper reviews existent research in this emerging field, with a focus on parents’ grief experience in relation to their adult child’s mental disorder. Studies that explore parents’ and family members’ grief, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, are considered. Research evidence for the association between parents’ and family members’ grief and other outcomes are discussed. Findings concerning the prediction of grief in parents and family members who have a child or relative with a mental disorder will be reviewed. Finally, this paper considers methodological and theoretical issues associated with existent research and presents options for further study.
Keyword Mental illness
Grief
Loss
Families
Children
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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