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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 228-234

Children of parents with mental illness: The need for family focussed interventions in India

Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Janardhana Navaneetham
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, 1st Floor, MV Govindaswamy Centre, NIMHANS, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_430_18

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Family interventions have been an integral part of mental healthcare in India for several decades. This paper highlights the need for an emerging change in the nature of family interventions in India—from generic interventions for heterogeneous caregiver groups to interventions addressing particular needs based on family stages and structures. It makes a case for recognizing the experiences and needs of one such group, that is, families affected by parental mental illness with children in their care and summarizes the current status of research on this topic in the Indian and global context. It presents implications for future research in India and discusses preliminary ideas for professionals working in adult mental health settings to address the needs of children and families affected by parental mental illness.

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