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Brain Sci. 2017, 7(11), 141; doi:10.3390/brainsci7110141

Mental Health Literacy Content for Children of Parents with a Mental Illness: Thematic Analysis of a Literature Review

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School of Social Work, Michigan State University, 655 Auditorium Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824-1118, USA
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Faculty of Education, Monash University, 57 Scenic Blvd., Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia
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Received: 1 August 2017 / Revised: 15 October 2017 / Accepted: 16 October 2017 / Published: 26 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mental Illness in Children)
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Abstract

Millions of children have a parent with a mental illness (COPMI). These children are at higher risk of acquiring behavioural, developmental and emotional difficulties. Most children, including COPMI, have low levels of mental health literacy (MHL), meaning they do not have accurate, non-stigmatized information. There is limited knowledge about what kind of MHL content should be delivered to children. The aim of this exploratory study is to identify the knowledge content needed for general population children and COPMI to increase their MHL. A second aim is to explore content for emerging children’s MHL scales. Researchers created and analyzed a literature review database. Thematic analysis yielded five main mental health knowledge themes for children: (1) attaining an overview of mental illness and recovery; (2) reducing mental health stigma; (3) building developmental resiliencies; (4) increasing help-seeking capacities; and (5) identifying risk factors for mental illness. COPMI appeared to need the same kind of MHL knowledge content, but with extra family-contextual content such as dealing with stigma experiences, managing stress, and communicating about parental mental illness. There is a need for MHL programs, validated scales, and research on what works for prevention and early intervention with COPMI children. View Full-Text
Keywords: mental illness; mental health; parents; children; prevention; mental health literacy; behavioral health mental illness; mental health; parents; children; prevention; mental health literacy; behavioral health
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Riebschleger, J.; Grové, C.; Cavanaugh, D.; Costello, S. Mental Health Literacy Content for Children of Parents with a Mental Illness: Thematic Analysis of a Literature Review. Brain Sci. 2017, 7, 141.

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