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In UK, Online Self-Help Tool Aids Bipolar Parents

In UK, Online Self-Help Tool Aids Bipolar Parents

A new U.K. study finds that online self-management support for parents with bipolar disorder leads to improvements in parenting and child behavior.

Researchers from the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University recruited 97 parents with bipolar disorder who have children aged between three and ten years old.

Investigators split the participants into two groups, with one being offered an Integrated Bipolar Parenting Intervention (IBPI) online.

The online tool includes sixteen modules lasting half an hour each looking at different aspects of parenting, supported by video and audio material.

Researchers said the site supports parents in two ways:

  • to learn more both their bipolar disorder and how best to self-manage it building on their own personal strengths;
  • to enhance their current parenting skills to encourage desirable behavior in their children.

Researchers discovered child behavior, parenting sense of competence, and parenting stress improved significantly in the group using online support for the 48-week study.

The study appears in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Lead author Professor Steven Jones said, “People with bipolar disorder may find that their changes in mood make the delivery of consistent parenting more difficult than for parents without bipolar disorder.

“This online parenting support program combines self-management strategies for bipolar disorder. It looks at the impact of extremes of mood on parenting and how to maintain consistency in parenting.”

Investigators also noted that as the intervention requires very little professional support, it could be offered as a supplement to current services without significant additional investment.

Nevertheless, the scientists note that further research is necessary to determine if the short-term benefits will reduce longer-term mental health problems.

Source: University of Lancaster

In UK, Online Self-Help Tool Aids Bipolar Parents

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2017). In UK, Online Self-Help Tool Aids Bipolar Parents. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/05/18/in-uk-online-self-help-tool-helps-bipolar-parents/120727.html

 

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