Parental Perceptions of Mental Health Disorders, and the Effect on Their Children
Keywords:Mental Health, Depression and Anxiety, Generation X, Parenting and Mental Health
Could parental perceptions of mental health disorders affect the mental health of their own children? There has been research on the importance of a strong parent-child relationship for child development, but very little has been done to identify other possible factors. The current literature identifies parent child arguments, parent mental health disorders, and parent-child closeness as factors in poor child mental health. This paper will focus on the childrenâ€™s awareness of their parentsâ€™ perception of people with mental health disorders. This was done by conducting an online survey over a series of weeks. The results show a correlation between a parentâ€™s poor attitudes towards mental health, and the poor mental health of their own children.