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Disruption of children's lives by maternal psychiatric admission

  • Valerie Hawes (a1) and David Cottrell (a2)
Abstract
Aims and method

The aim of the study was to investigate changes in child care arrangements after admission of mothers to acute psychiatric wards. Data were collected by interview where possible and from case notes.

Results

Twelve out of 63 children of mothers interviewed had to move house. Chronicity of psychiatric disorder was evident in half the mothers.

Clinical implications

Children's lives are affected by maternal psychiatric admission with the likelihood of repeated disruption where psychiatric disorder is chronic.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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Disruption of children's lives by maternal psychiatric admission

  • Valerie Hawes (a1) and David Cottrell (a2)
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