Early Childhood

Using Picture-Story Books to Help Families Understand Turbulent Parental Emotions

January 09, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A new issue brief from the University of Massachusetts Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC), highlights recommendations in a recent article from the Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health, “Using Picture-Story Books to Help Families Understand Turbulent Parental Emotions in Families with Small Children.” Reading books with children about families experiencing a parent’s stress-related “meltdowns” or mental health conditions could help normalize similar experiences for children. The authors gave an example of a picture book Meltdown Moments which depicts a family dealing with a parent’s mental health challenges and also includes a section with pscyho-educational material for parents. Read the brief»