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dc.contributor.advisorForkan, Cormac
dc.contributor.authorO'Shaughnessy, Rebecca
dc.description.abstractDespite increasing calls for research to contextualise children’s experiences with regard to understanding their well-being, children living with a parent with a mental health difficulty remain largely invisible in practice and research. This thesis explores children’s subjective experiences of living with a parent with a mental health difficulty. It concentrates on their social and emotional well-being experiences and contextualises these on an individual and environmental level. It focuses on the construction of children’s social and emotional well-being experiences with a particular focus on the parent-child relationship. It examines similar and disparate factors that children, parents and gatekeepers perceive as impacting on children’s social and emotional well-being. It reflects on their experiences of service provision within this context and considers the implications of the research findings for current policy and service provision in Ireland. The findings of this study are based on the narratives of children, parents and a gatekeeper elicited through a combination of creative and traditional methods. Findings highlight the need for a Family Model approach to working with such families as a means to improving outcomes for both child and parent alike.en_IE
dc.subjectChild researchen_IE
dc.subjectYouth researchen_IE
dc.subjectSocial well-beingen_IE
dc.subjectEmotional well-beingen_IE
dc.subjectParental mental healthen_IE
dc.subjectMixed methodsen_IE
dc.subjectChild centred approachesen_IE
dc.subjectNarrative analysisen_IE
dc.titleAn exploration of the social and emotional well-being narratives of children who live with a parent with a mental health difficultyen_IE
dc.contributor.funderCollege of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies. Galway Doctoral Research Scholarshipen_IE
dc.local.noteChildren who live with parents with mental health difficulties are largely ignored in research and practice. Using child-centred creative methods this research explores children's social and emotional well-being when they live with a parent with a mental health difficulty. Findings show that a family model approach that includes both parent and child should be adopted to improve being well-outcomes for children and their parents.en_IE

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