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Title: Parental Mental Illness, Family Living Arrangements, and Child Behavior
Journal: Journal of Social Service Research  Volume:11  Issue:2/3  Dated:(1988)  Pages:21-34
Author(s): A R Stiffman; K G Jung; R A Feldman
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: R01 MH35055-02
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The association between family living arrangements and children's behavior problems is examined in 306 children with mentally ill parents.
Abstract: Children living with alternative families (with adoptive or foster parents or with other relatives) display fewer behavior problems than children living with two biological parents, a single biological parent, or a biological and a stepparent. The proportion of mentally ill family members and the degree of mother-child discord explain the variations in children's behavior problems among the different living arrangements. Thus, in placement decisions, the prevailing legal principal of safeguarding the integrity of the child's biological family should be weighed against the mother-child relationship and the mental health of the family members. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): Child placement services; Persons with cognitive disabilities
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