Motherhood and Schizophrenia: A Critical Review

Murray, Polly (2009) Motherhood and Schizophrenia: A Critical Review. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Historically, society has developed the notion of a mother as a submissive, caring and responsible figure; in contrast to stereotypes of people diagnosed with schizophrenia, which evoke connotations with danger, violence and irrationality.

Recent developments in perinatal psychiatry, community based care and treatments have enabled an increasing number of women diagnosed with schizophrenia to take part in motherhood. However, these women often remain subject to invasive child protection proceedings and surveillance by health and social services. This critical review undertakes an examination of relevant research, theory and policy in order to establish how, and to what extent, child raising by mothers diagnosed with schizophrenia may vary from the wider population, and what impact this has for mother and child. This includes exploration of experiences, interpersonal aspects of parenting, child development, young-carers, risk and custody. Compounding social issues are also explored, as these compromise our ability to assess the impact of maternal schizophrenia as an independent variable. The findings are used to suggest meaningful implications for practice, in order to help support these women and children.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2009 13:25
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2016 21:00

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