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From The CriticsReviewer: Eileen Trigoboff, RN, CS, DNS (Buffalo Psychiatric Center)
Description: This is a first edition book that examines the issues of child safety when one or both parents have a mental health problem, as well as the impact of a parental mental health problem on children. The context of multiple cultures is woven throughout the text.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a resource for childcare and mental health professionals to identify and promote ways to work together effectively regarding child protection and the delivery of adult mental health services. The balance among the rights, the needs, and the responsibilities of all parties involved is emphasized. Intricate and profound issues are examined from a variety of perspectives providing a rounded view of the problem and direction for action.
Audience: This book was written to assist professionals and policy makers with the dilemmas of child protection and the delivery of adult mental health services when one or both parents of a child have a mental health problem. The editors and contributors have social work, psychologist, and/or psychiatrist credentials with experience from the clinical and policy arenas.
Features: The extensive exploration into the different levels of family functioning and the development of a service model to support the family within its functional level is striking in both its concept and its potential. The chapters on the context of cultural and ethnic diversity and the qualitative examination of the parent's perspective both bring intricate issues that have great bearing on these problems to the fore.
Assessment: This book is unique in its focus on the connection between a mental health problem and child protection. It is nicely organized and the contributors cover difficult ethical issues evenhandedly. This is an excellent resource for the policy maker and for clinicians faced with the ever-increasing pairing of parental mental illness and children.