'You'd think this roller coaster was never going to stop': Experiences of adult children of parents with serious mental illness


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Aims and objectives. The aims of this qualitative study were to explore the experience of being an adult child of a parent with serious mental illness and how adult children have coped with their experience.Background. Children of parents with serious mental illness are a potentially vulnerable group because of risk factors associated with parental mental illness. While there has been considerable research into factors that may strengthen or impair their well-being, there has been little exploration of the subjective experience of growing up with parental mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.Design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3143-3151
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number21-22
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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