Parenting programmes and psychosis

Presently, 1% of the population are at risk of developing schizophrenia related illnesses in their lifetime and up to 66% of those are parents to children under 16 years old. The social, cognitive and functional challenges that can occur when experiencing psychosis can make parenting complicated, burdensome and demanding. When parents fail to receive appropriate support, previous research has highlighted potentially negative outcomes for both parents and children. As parenting with serious mental illness has been described as a benefit and a burden, this research aims to understand the role of parental cognition and behaviour to identify the strengths of parents, as well as areas that could be targeted during intervention.

What is involved?

  • Two visits lasting upto 1½  hours to complete some questionnaires and interviews about family, well-being and mood

For some parents, it may also involve

  • 10 weekly visits to support the use of a self-help parenting workbook

How do I take part?

We are looking for parents of a child aged 3 to 10 years old who have

  1. no previous history of serious mental health problems OR
  2. Experienced symptoms such as hearing or seeing things others do not, paranoia or suspiciousness
If you are interested in taking part, contact Lauren Stockton on 07939 563467 or  0161 306 2619, or email her at