Presentation Title

Communication patterns among family members of aggressive children with mental illness

Advisor Information

Pete Simi

Location

UNO Criss Library, Room 231

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

6-3-2015 2:45 PM

End Date

6-3-2015 3:00 PM

Abstract

There is a lack of research on how the family as a whole adjusts to stressors associated with both mental illness and violence. Existing research tends to focus more on the individual-level outcomes of these stressors and relatively less attention has been devoted to family-level outcomes. Specifically, little is known about issues associated with coping strategies and communication patterns among family members of aggressive individuals with mental illness. Relying on intensive life history interviews with a sample of family members of aggressive persons with mental illness, this study examines how a family system adapts to or changes when there is an aggressive child or sibling with mental illness. In this paper I focus on communication patterns among family members after a violent episode in which the perpetrator was a sibling or child with mental illness.

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Communication patterns among family members of aggressive children with mental illness

UNO Criss Library, Room 231

There is a lack of research on how the family as a whole adjusts to stressors associated with both mental illness and violence. Existing research tends to focus more on the individual-level outcomes of these stressors and relatively less attention has been devoted to family-level outcomes. Specifically, little is known about issues associated with coping strategies and communication patterns among family members of aggressive individuals with mental illness. Relying on intensive life history interviews with a sample of family members of aggressive persons with mental illness, this study examines how a family system adapts to or changes when there is an aggressive child or sibling with mental illness. In this paper I focus on communication patterns among family members after a violent episode in which the perpetrator was a sibling or child with mental illness.