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The Welfare of Children with Mentally Ill Parents: Learning from Inter-Country Comparisons

The Welfare of Children with Mentally Ill Parents: Learning from Inter-Country Comparisons

Rachael Hetherington, Karen Baistow, Ilan Katz, Jeffrey Mesie, Judith Trowell

ISBN: 978-0-470-85137-1 January 2003 262 Pages




The Welfare of Children with Mentally Ill Parents examines theinterventions made by professional workers from a range ofdifferent disciplines in families with dependent children and amentally ill parent. The authors compare responses of professionalsin ten European countries and one state in Australia. The analysisof the differences sheds new light on both the inherent andsystem-determined difficulties in helping families to manage theirsituation effectively.
* Features the only comparative study of mental health socialservices and the law governing compulsory hospital admission
* Covers a current "hot-button" topic that is growing in importanceas the impact of social policy developments on children over timebecomes more apparent
* Offers a unique perspective due to the focus on the impact ofchildren of mentally ill parents and the international systems thatdeal with child protection
List of Figures and Tables.

About the Authors.



1 The Context and the Method.

2 The Systems of the Partner Countries: Introduction and theScandinavian Law Countries.

3 The Systems of the Partner Countries: the ContinentalCountries and the English-Speaking Countries.

4 Compulsory Hospitalisation in Mental Health and StateIntervention for Child Protection.

5 The Responses of the Partner Countries to the Vignette.

6 Issues.

7 Inter-Country Reflections.


8 Comparisons: England, Germany and Italy.

9 The State and the Family: Explaining Variations inInterventions.

10 Risk, Childhood and Mental Health.

11 Co-operation and Communication.


12 Invisible Children.

13 Meeting Needs.

14 Conclusions.

Appendix: The Professions Represented in the DiscussionGroups.

Glossary and Index of Acronyms.


"..Overall this is an excellent book" (Mental health Today, May2002)

"...I would strongly recommend this book..." (Child& Family Social Work, Vol.7, No.3, 2002)

"...Much can be learned from international comparisonstudies..." (Int Jnl of Adolescent Medicine and Health, Vol.14,No.2, 2002)

"...This book is fascinating reading..." (The BritishJournal of Social Work, Vol.32, No.7, 2002)

"...found this book to be a comprehensive treatment of thesubject..." (Child Abuse Review, May 2003)

" important contribution to the debate...wecan certainly learn from the evidence presented in thisbook...(Child Abuse Review, Vol 12 2003)