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Parent perspectives of clinical psychology access when experiencing distress

Cooke, Sam and Smith, Ian and Turl, Emma and Arnold, Emma and Msetfi, Rachel M (2012) Parent perspectives of clinical psychology access when experiencing distress. Community Practitioner, 85 (4). pp. 34-37. ISSN 1462-2815

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Abstract

Around 20 to 30% of parents experience mental health difficulties within their child's first year, but only a small proportion go on to access specialist services. This is despite growing evidence around the positive benefits of psychosocial interventions for both parents and children. Previous research highlights facilitators and barriers to generic healthcare services for mothers with postnatal depression. The current study adopted a qualitative methodology to explore parents' own perceptions of the barriers and facilitators to clinical psychology specifically. Seven women took part in the study, most of whom had no previous involvement with specialist mental health services. A thematic analysis of interview data suggested six key themes in relation to the research question: 'The importance of connecting', 'Pressing the danger button', 'I'm not mad', 'More round care', 'Psychological distress as barrier' and 'Making space, making sense'. These are presented alongside a consideration of the clinical implications for community-based practitioners, including clinical psychologists.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Community Practitioner
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 56478
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2012 16:56
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56478

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