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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 95-102

Mental health needs of the children of parents with mental illness

1 Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery College, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, IR, Iran
2 Nursing Care Research Center and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Reza Zeighami
Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery College, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Bahonar Avenue, Qazvin
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JNMS.JNMS_36_18

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Context: There is considerable empirical evidence about the psychosocial vulnerability of children of parents with mental illness (COPMI). Nonetheless, these children's experiences and needs have still known poorly. Aims: This study was conducted to explore the mental health needs of COPMI. Settings and Design: The grounded theory approach was deployed. Material and Methods: Semi-structured interviews were held with 17 participants who had been recruited purposively and theoretically from a psychiatric teaching hospital located in Qazvin, Iran 2008–2010. Statistical Analysis Used: The data were analyzed using Strauss and Corbin method (1998). Results: After relating the main concepts of the study, the “COPMI need theory” was formulated. This theory explains children's needs, changes of needs in the cycle of parents' illness, the process of fulfilling the needs, and outcomes-driven from need fulfillment. Conclusions: Based on findings, recommendations were provided to mental health professionals who for dealing with families and children of patients with mental disorders.

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