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(p. 45) Motherhood, Family, and Relationships for Women with Serious Mental Illness 

(p. 45) Motherhood, Family, and Relationships for Women with Serious Mental Illness
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(p. 45) Motherhood, Family, and Relationships for Women with Serious Mental Illness
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Lauren Mizock

and Erika Carr

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190922351.003.0004
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date: 12 May 2021

This chapter discusses the impact of a serious mental illness on relationships for women, including motherhood, friendship, family, and dating. The chapter will explore the ways in which a serious mental illness can interfere with pursuit of these roles, impacting the woman’s sense of womanhood and personhood. Risk factors like intimate partner violence and custody loss will be examined. The chapter will discuss how motherhood and other relationships can serve as a context for recovery. The way in which women with serious mental illness navigate stigma and isolation to seek meaning in peer advocacy and other social roles will be presented. Case narratives, a clinical strategies list, discussion questions, activities, and a clinical worksheet (“Relationship Structuring Worksheet”) are included.

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