Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 273–289 | Cite as

Parent’s Perception of Their First Encounter with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Monica Hartzell
  • Jaakko Seikkula
  • Anne-Liis von Knorring
Original Paper


Parents who came with their child to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) for the first time were interviewed 1–2 weeks afterwards in the presence of the child and the therapists. In a grounded theory analysis they revealed uncertainty about their role in the first meeting as well as of future planning. What had been important to them were aspects like communication, sharing perspectives, and the reformulation of problems.


Family therapy Parents’ views Child psychiatry First interview 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Hartzell
    • 1
  • Jaakko Seikkula
    • 2
  • Anne-Liis von Knorring
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neuroscience, Child & Adolescent PsychiatryUniversity HospitalUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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