Talking and making meaning about parental mental health difficulties: the role of children’s alternative caregivers
I am training as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire. I am looking for participants for my doctoral research into the experiences of family members who help to look after a child/children in families where a parent has mental health difficulties.
When a parent is less emotionally or physically available due to mental health reasons, children are often dependent upon other family members for care. This may include their other parent, their parent’s partner, grandparents, older siblings, aunts and uncles.
These caregivers may usually be involved in shared parenting, may become more involved when needed for mental health reasons, or may have a role somewhere in between. They often provide emotional and practical care for children and sometimes help with housekeeping. Previous research has suggested that the people who provide this support are vital in families affected by parental mental health difficulties.
I am interested in talking to family members who help to care for children in this way to learn more about their lives, experiences and views. Taking part in the study would involve a face-to-face interview lasting approximately an hour. Interview locations can be flexible depending on where you live, but can include the University of Hertfordshire, a community location, or your home.
Criteria for participants -Caregiver for a child/children with a parent with a mental health difficulty (does not have to be ‘officially’ diagnosed). -Age 18+ -Willing to take part in an interview with a researcher to talk about their experiences. -Do not have a severe and enduring mental health problem themselves.
If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, please contact me via Mumsnet or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The research findings will be published and made available to all participants at the end of the project. The aim is to make a difference in the lives of parents, children and families by informing policy and practice.
Thank you for your interest. I look forward to hearing from you.
Rebecca Bishop Trainee Clinical Psychologist Department of Psychology University of Hertfordshire email@example.com