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Growing Up with a Schizophrenic Mother

Growing Up with a Schizophrenic Mother

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Overview

An estimated two to three million people in the United States today were raised by a schizophrenic parent. Brown and Roberts offer a unique book based on interviews with over forty adult children of mothers diagnosed as schizophrenic. Such topics as the isolation their family felt, their chaotic home environments, their present relationships with their mothers, and the lost potential of mother and child are covered. Their stories are fascinating and provide important information to both the mental health community and the lay public. The offspring have been described as having higher rates of "increased aggressivity" and "sibling conflict," but often their circumstances strengthened these children and contributed to artistic and creative talents, resiliency, and high achievements.
The authors provide an overview of schizophrenia, behaviors of the affected parent, and the marital relationship of the patient and her non-schizophrenic spouse. As adults, the respondents now share their grievances about the psychological community—what they needed and did not get. Brown and Roberts then present suggestions for treatment of affected children aimed at psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and health care providers.


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ISBN-13: 9780786408207
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2000
Pages: 207
Sales rank: 885,681
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Margaret J. Brown is a psychotherapist practicing in the Atlanta area. Doris Parker Roberts is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified diplomate in social work. She has a private practice in Atlanta.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Introduction  1

From Doris  2

From Margaret  5

Information About the Combined Study  9

Existing Literature   11

Purpose and Goals of This Book   12

Schizophrenia: An Overview   17


1—MOTHER   21

Appearance   21

Emotional Affect   22

Withdrawing or Overreacting   24

Cognitive Distortions and Delusions   27

Bizarre and Inappropriate Behavior   28

Hospitalizations   32

Medications   35

Suicidal or Homicidal Behavior   37

Hallucinations   38

Relationship or Emotional Involvement   39

Feelings Toward Mother   42


2—THE FAMILY   48

Fathers   51

Marital Conflict   59

Family Dynamics   60

Extended Family   62

Siblings   66


3—THE ENVIRONMENT AND HOME   71

Chaos   72

Social Isolation   79

Abuse   86

Neglect   87

The Community 92


4—EMOTIONAL, BEHAVIORAL, AND COGNITIVE EFFECTS   95

Emotional Effects   96

Behavioral Effects   112

Effects on Cognition and Learning   117


5—THE QUALITY OF ADULT LIFE   121

Self-Esteem, Self-Cofidence, and Lost Potential   122

Identity and Role Models   124

Fear of Inheriting Schizophrenia   125

Fear for Children   126

Psychotherapy in Adulthood   128

Career   128

Difficulties in Relationships   129


6—COPING   139

What Helped   139

What Was Needed   151


7—ADULT INTERACTIONS WITH MOTHER 159
Schizophrenia and Aging   159

Taking Care of the Elderly Mother   161

Conflict and Loss   164

Insufficient Closure   166


8—RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROFESSIONALS 169
Issues for Professional Consideration   172


Epilogue   183

Appendix: Resources   185

Notes   189

Bibliography   193

Index   195


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