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  • Investigating service users' and carers' views of child and adolescent mental health services in northern ireland

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    Child Care in Practice, Vol: 12, Page: 27-41,Taylor & Francis

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    Aims & Objectives:

    This study employed a two-stage qualitative approach to explore views and opinions held by users and carers about Child and Adolescent Mental Health services


    The Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability, Northern Ireland commissioned the present consultation to support the work of its Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) subgroup. The investigation employed a two-stage qualitative approach to explore views and opinions held by users and carers about CAMH services. Nineteen services distributed questionnaires on a single day between 13 and 15 October, 2004 in order to provide a "snap-shot" of service user's views. Four focus groups, two consisting of parents/carers and two consisting of young people, were conducted. Responses from both stages were content analysed and key themes were drawn out. The content analysis of responses from the questionnaire study showed that 40% (six) of the derived categories described negative experiences of CAMH services, with 60% (nine) of the categories expressing positive views. Analysis of focus group data produced a total of 14 categories (88%) indicating dissatisfaction with CAMH services and two categories (12%) expressing generally positive views. These findings suggest that while users and carers valued CAMH services, they felt more could be done to help their children and wider families. Major areas for development highlighted include increasing capacity at all tiers of service, developing collaborative models of practice, developing public knowledge about child and adolescent mental health, and establishing meaningful structures for increased user participation in the planning and monitoring of CAMH services. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved) (from the journal abstract)


    Tom Teggart; Mark Linden

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Qualitative Study » Qualitative Studies


    1357-5279 Accession Number: 2006-04061-004. First Author & Affiliation: Teggart, Tom; Child and Family Clinic, Portadown, United Kingdom. Other Journal Title: Child Care in Practice. Release Date: 20060417. Publication Type: Journal, (0100) Peer Reviewed Journal, (0110). Media Covered: Print. Media Available: Electronic; Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Adolescent Attitudes; Adult Attitudes; Caregivers; Mental Health; Mental Health Services. Minor Descriptor: Health Care Delivery. Classification: Health & Mental Health Services (3370) . Population: Human (10) . Location: Northern Ireland. Age Group: Adolescence (13-17 yrs) (200) Adulthood (18 yrs & older) (300) . Methodology: Empirical Study; Qualitative Study. References Available: Y.


    Child and Adolescent Mental Health services

    International Classification:

    Health service provision



    Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)