Lives unseen: unacknowledged trauma of non-disordered, competent Adult Children Of Parents with a Severe Mental Illness (ACOPSMI)
AffiliationDepartment of Social Work, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Document TypeMasters Research thesis
CitationsMisrachi, S. (2012). Lives unseen: unacknowledged trauma of non-disordered, competent Adult Children Of Parents with a Severe Mental Illness (ACOPSMI). Masters Research thesis, Department of Social Work, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2013 Suzette Misrachi
This theoretical thesis attempts to make visible the needs of adult children of parents with a severe mental illness (ACOPSMI), a population which has attracted little scholarly attention to date. It employs a methodology in which established trauma and alternative grief theories are applied to existing multidiscipline, scholarly and lay ACOPSMI literature. The thesis attempts to broaden the definition of ACOPSMI to include non-disordered, competent individuals. It argues that the unique, trauma-based needs of ACOPSMI are not being adequately met within existing family-focused policies and practice, which focus on the needs of parents with an SMI to the potential detriment of their adult offspring. Limitations, implications, and recommendations of this research are outlined.
KeywordsAdult Children Of Parents with a Severe Mental Illness; trauma; grief; policy; counselling; non-disordered; competent; needs; population; survivors; sensitivities; families; attachment theory; psychiatry; social work; psychology; nursing; maltreatment; abuse and neglect; parentification; practice; practitioner; trauma-informed; trauma response; psychotherapy; education; dissociation; therapy; policy-makers; disenfranchised; type ii trauma; invisible and silent; carers; child protection; policy-practice interface; evidence-based practice; psycho-education; lifespan perspective; war; the holocaust; guilt; denial; love; family-focused; loss; stigma; socioeconomic costs; refugees; interventions; family-conflict; reform; iatrogenic damage; harm; adult mental health services; deinstitutionalisation; resilience; COPMI Initiative; FaPMI; Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA); psychological death; existentialism; nonfinite loss; chronic grief; ambiguity; taboo; ritual; identity; shame; intergenerational; collective memory; John Bowlby; lost childhood; underreporting; emotional pain
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