Making Meaning When A Child Has Mental Illness

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Summary of the Article The case study entitled, “Making Meaning When a Child Has Mental Illness: Four Mothers Share Their Experiences” by Ahmann (2013) is essentially where Ahmann interviews four mothers whose children have been given a mental health diagnosis and she documents in anecdotal form how each of them were able to cope, and even escape the feelings of grief, isolation, loneliness, helplessness, and depression by reaching out to others and “making meaning” in their lives by being mentors to other parents who receive a similar diagnosis.
Analysis and Critique It is estimated by the American Psychological Association that there are 15 million children in the United States that can currently be diagnosed with a mental health disorder (Ahmann, 2013). Elizabeth Ahmann (2013) the Co-Editor of “Family Matters” in Pediatric Nursing, interviewed four mothers of children who were diagnosed with a mental illness; in an attempt to find out how they were able to reach out to escape the grief and isolation that comes with having a mental health diagnosis for one’s child in an article entitled, “Making Meaning When a Child Has Mental Illness: Four Mothers Share Their Experiences.”
Problems and Purpose
The article provides information that Ahmann gathered through interviewing four mothers whose children have been diagnosed with various different mental illnesses. Ahmann asserts that the “families of children diagnosed with mental illness not only experience the challenge of…

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