Ethics in Child Health – Chapter 20: Paying attention to parental mental health (ebook)


Chapter 20 of the book – Paying attention to parental mental health: is this our responsibility?

It is increasingly recognized that the physical and mental health of parents raising children with complex needs is at substantially greater risk than the health of comparable parents of well children. For these reasons it is essential that professionals learn to be able both to identify parental distress and to help parents receive support for their own social and mental health issues as part of a family-centered care program. In the scenario that runs through this chapter the authors illustrate how, without specifi attention to parental and family well-being, issues can fester and negatively affect everyone in the family.

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Have you ever:

  • Wondered how to deal with a family that repeatedly fails to keep clinic appointments?
  • Disagreed with colleagues over a proposed course of treatment for a child?
  • Considered ways to ‘bump’ a child on a waiting to speed up their assessment?

These are a few of the scenarios faced by clinicians in neurodisability on a daily basis. Ethics in Child Health explores the ethical dimensions of these issues that have either been ignored or not recognised. Each chapter is built around a scenario familiar to clinicians and is discussed with respect to how ethical principles can be utilised to inform decision-making. Useful ‘Themes for Discussion’ are provided at the end of each chapter to help professionals and students develop practical ethical thinking. Ethics in Child Health offers a set of principles that clinicians, social workers and policy-makers can utilise in their respective spheres of influence.


Readership: clinicians and paediatricians in neurodisability, service providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals,  and health policy makers.

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