Assessing parenting competency in individuals with severe mental illness: A comprehensive service

  • Teresa Jacobsen
  • Laura J. Miller
  • Kathleen Pesek Kirkwood


Determining the parenting capabilities of individuals with severe mental disorders who are alleged perpetrators of child abuse or neglect is a profoundly difficult task. This article discusses the methodological shortcomings of some widely used assessment strategies and outlines the components of a comprehensive parenting competency evaluation for individuals with severe mental illness. Procedures identifying both risk factors associated with abuse or neglect and protective influences against child maltreatment are summarized. These procedures are illustrated by describing a Chicago-based parenting assessment team for parents with severe mental disorders.


Child Abuse Child Welfare Foster Care Severe Mental Illness Child Welfare System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa Jacobsen
    • 1
  • Laura J. Miller
    • 2
  • Kathleen Pesek Kirkwood
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Juvenile ResearchUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicago
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Parenting Assessment TeamThresholds Mothers’ ProjectChicago

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