Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-221) and index.
Mental Illness in the Family: What Does It Mean? -- The First Signs of Mental Illness: How They Came and How They Stayed -- Early Impressions -- Family Responses and Family Feelings -- What Happens to the Family System? -- Intrafamily Interactions: The marital and Parent-Child Relationships -- Other Dimensions of Family Interactions -- Learning to Understand the New Reality of Illness -- Why did the Illness Strike?: Families Search for Meaning -- Better Understanding of Chronic Mental Illness:Accepting Reality -- Living with Mental Illness: Sources of Strength -- Becoming Active Agents -- Mental Coping -- How Can They Go on?