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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:33 pm 

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Talking and making meaning about parental mental illness: the role of children’s alternative caregivers

Hi all,

We are conducting research into the experiences of family members who help to look after a child/children in families where a parent has mental health difficulties. We are currently looking for participants to take part in a face-to-face interview.

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 often provide emotional and practical care for children. They also 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.

We are interested in talking to people about their lives, experiences and views. Taking part in the study would involve a face-to-face interview lasting approximately an hour. Interview locations are flexible depending on where you live, but can include the University of Hertfordshire or a community location near to you.

Criteria for participants
- Caregiver for a child/children with a parent with a mental health difficulty (may or may not 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

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. This research is being conducted as part of a doctoral training qualification in Clinical Psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire. Participation is on a voluntary basis.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

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