Advancement of knowledge about families who have a member with an intellectual and developmental disabilities

Wisconsin Families and Mental Health Services

Two research studies on mental illness have been conducted since 1988. Their purpose was to understand more about families who have been coping with mental illness for many years, to understand impact on overall well-being of the family, and investigate what the future holds for the aging parents as well as the person with mental illness.

The first study, which ran in the early 1990s, included 108 aging mothers who had a son or daughter with schizophrenia, an affected disorder such as bipolar disorder or major depression.  The second study was a five year longitudinal study running from January 2000 through February 2006. It included 260 aging mothers who had a son or daughter with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Of these 260 families, 133 fathers, and 162 sons/daughters with mental illness also participated.

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