Diagnosis in Young Children: How a Father's Perceptions of Mental Health Change
Article first published online: 14 FEB 2014
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Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 52–60, May 2014
How to Cite
Morris, M. (2014), Diagnosis in Young Children: How a Father's Perceptions of Mental Health Change. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 27: 52–60. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12069
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 14 FEB 2014
- Carolyn J. and John H. Young Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Nursing
- Texas Public Education Grant for the academic year 2011–2012
- Child mental illness;
- interpretive interactionism;
- parent perception;
This case study's purpose was to understand how diagnosing mental illness in a child affects a parent's perception of mental health, using Denzin's interpretive interactionism.
Two interviews from a case study were analyzed.
Emergent themes were alienation from peers, ambivalence, shifting orientation to mental illness, school system stigmatization and conflict with mental health care, and discovery of mental healthcare specialists and new peers. Perceptions were influenced by peers, education, and mental healthcare systems, and by the disease model paradigm of mental illness. Future research should explore the effect of the diagnostic process on parents of very young children, and expand on consequences of undergoing current diagnostic and treatment practices.