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Table 2 Overview of research questions and main themes

From: Parents’ perceptions on offspring risk and prevention of anxiety and depression: a qualitative study

Research question Main themes
1. What are parents’ experiences with regard to their own depressive and anxiety disorders and their children’s vulnerability and resilience? - Impact on Quality of Life (QoL) of the children
- Parental concerns about the mental health status of children
2. What are parents’ experiences with regard to their own depressive and anxiety disorders and parenting? - Impact on family QoL
- Communication about parental illness
3. What are parents’ experiences with help for their children and is there a need for help (e.g. preventive interventions)? - Lack of focus on children in parental treatment
- Parental perspectives on the need for professional help for children
4. What are parents’ reasons for (not) participating in a prevention study with their children? - Reasons for not participating: parental overburden, child burden, child refuses to participate, stigma, shame, no worry about children
- Reasons for participating: need for prevention, helping others, importance of research, child likes to participate
5. What are parents’ experiences and advice with regard to participation in a prevention study? - Positive experiences: personal information from therapist, ‘depth’ in conversations with offspring
- Negative experiences: too many measurements and questionnaires