Women with schizophrenia as parents

Primary psychiatry 01/2002; 9(10):39-42.


What are the major issues faced by mothers who suffer from schizophrenia? This article reviews the literature and offers clinical opinions based on 7 years of experience in a specialized service for women with psychosis. The literature indicates that >50% of women with schizophrenia are mothers and approximately 50% of these mothers lose custody of their children at least temporarily. This usually has detrimental implications for both mother and child. Child and adult mental health service providers, as well as child protection workers and family lawyers, need to work cooperatively to ensure the safety and healthy functioning of the mother-child unit in the schizophrenia population.

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