Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2007

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Elizabeth Tingley


This original material answers common questions that children in middle childhood (8-12 years) may have about parental mental illness. When Mom or Dad has a mental illness: General information and memories of a girl whose father has Bi-polar Disorder defines mental illness, addresses symptoms, causes and treatments, provides definitions of related terms, and shares personal stories about having a parent with mental illness. A review of current literature shows the lack of similar work, and the developmental theories of Piaget, Kohlberg, Gilligan, Erikson, and Vygotsky confirm the importance and validity of the project. The motivation behind this work is to provide children with the information about parental mental illness that the author wishes she had as a child.


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Bilingual early childhood special and general education dual certification (Program of study)