The Tasmanian children's project: The needs of children with a parent/carer with a mental illness
Handley, C and Farrell, GA and Josephs, A and Hanke, A and Hazelton, M, The Tasmanian children's project: The needs of children with a parent/carer with a mental illness, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 10, (4) pp. 221 - 228. ISSN 1324-3780 (2001) [Refereed Article]
This paper presents some of the key findings and recommendations of the report The Tasmanian Children's Project (TCP): The Needs of Children with a Parent/Carer with a Mental Illness, October, 1999. The TCP, a collaborative venture between the University of Tasmania's School of Nursing and the Mental Health Services - South, Tasmania (Department of Health and Human Services), is the first study in Tasmania to formally examine the needs of children where the parent/carer has a mental illness. The study is a modified replication and extension of the 1993/94 Victorian Children's Project. Extension aspects of the TCP included interviews with children (in addition to parents and service providers), the inclusion of data on both maternal and paternal mental illness and a broad definition of mental illness (beyond psychotic illness and major affective disorder). The report highlights the need to provide a range of programs that encourage the development of personal competency among children, parents, and other family members and those that emphasize interagency collaboration. Implications of this research for mental health nursing education and practice are also addressed.