Parenting a Child with Mental Health Issues (Parenting Matters)

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Prospective adopters and carers are often faced with the prospect of having to decide whether they can care for a child with a health need or condition they know little about and have no direct experience of. It can be difficult to know where to turn for reliable information. What lies behind the diagnoses and “labels” that many looked after children bring with them? And what will it be like to live with them? How will they benefit from family life? Parenting a Child with Mental Health Issues explains mental disorders generally and how they may manifest in children. Outlines the risk of mental disorder in a child from a family with a history of mental disorder, and the factors (genetic and environmental) that can put these children at greater risk. Explores what is known about the physiological processes that may explain a child’s behaviours and higher vulnerability to mental disorder.

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Prospective adopters and carers are often faced with the prospect of having to decide whether they can care for a child with a health need or condition they know little about and have no direct experience of. It can be difficult to know where to turn for reliable information. What lies behind the diagnoses and “labels” that many looked after children bring with them? And what will it be like to live with them? How will they benefit from family life? Parenting a Child with Mental Health Issues explains mental disorders generally and how they may manifest in children. Outlines the risk of mental disorder in a child from a family with a history of mental disorder, and the factors (genetic and environmental) that can put these children at greater risk. Explores what is known about the physiological processes that may explain a child’s behaviours and higher vulnerability to mental disorder.

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