What was growing up like for you?

The University of Leeds is studying the experiences of people who grew up with a parent with psychosis, what sense they made of it at the time and what sense they now make.

What is the purpose of this study? The term psychosis is used to describe unusual experiences that people may have like significant alterations to mood, perception, thoughts and behaviour, including voice hearing, unusual beliefs or suspiciousness.

Whilst we have some understanding of the experiences of children who grow up with a parent with psychosis we have little understanding about how they make sense of this as an adult. The University of Leeds is interested in what it was like to have grown up with a parent who had ongoing unusual experiences and hope that these findings will provide important considerations for people who come into contact with children in similar situations.  

Who can take part in this research? People who grew up with, or had regular contact with, a parent who had ongoing unusual experiences as described above or was diagnosed with either Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder or psychosis. To take part you must not currently be supported by a community mental health team and need to be 18 years old or over. 

What are the potential benefits of taking part in this study? By participating in this study you will be providing information to help further the understanding of people’s experiences of growing up with a parent with psychosis. You may also find it beneficial and interesting to talk through your experiences. There will be a £20 Amazon gift voucher available for anyone who participates. 

This study has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by the School of Medicine Research Ethics Committee (SoMREC) on 29.07.15, ethics reference SoMREC/14/078.

What happens next? If you have any further questions or would like to take part in this study please contact Melanie Parkins:

Melanie Parkins, University of Leeds, Charles Thackrah Building, 101 Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9LJ 

Email: ummjpa@leeds.ac.uk     Telephone: 07949557616

We look forward to hearing from you.