Parents in adult psychiatric care and their children: a call for more interagency collaboration with social services and child and adolescent psychiatry
- Afzelius M, Östman M, Råstam M, Priebe G
- Parents in adult psychiatric care and their children: a call for more interagency collaboration with social services and child and adolescent psychiatry
- Nord J Psychiatry
- DOI: 10.1080/08039488.2017.1377287
- Parental mental illness; child-focused intervention; children; interagency collaboration; psychiatric services.
Background: A parental mental illness affects all family members and should warrant a need for support.
Aim: To investigate the extent to which psychiatric patients with underage children are the recipients of child-focused interventions and involved in interagency collaboration.
Methods: Data were retrieved from a psychiatric services medical record database consisting of data regarding 29,972 individuals in southern Sweden and indicating the patients' main diagnoses, comorbidity, children below the age of 18, and child-focused interventions.
Results: Among the patients surveyed, 12.9% had registered underage children. One-fourth of the patients received child-focused interventions from adult psychiatry, and out of these 30.7% were involved in interagency collaboration as compared to 7.7% without child-focused interventions. Overall, collaboration with child and adolescent psychiatric services was low for all main diagnoses. If a patient received child-focused interventions from psychiatric services, the likelihood of being involved in interagency collaboration was five times greater as compared to patients receiving no child-focused intervention when controlled for gender, main diagnosis, and inpatient care.
Conclusions: Psychiatric services play a significant role in identifying the need for and initiating child-focused interventions in families with a parental mental illness, and need to develop and support strategies to enhance interagency collaboration with other welfare services.