Adolescents' and parents' views of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Ireland

Coyne, I., McNamara, N. ORCID: 0000-0003-3123-3678, Healy, M., Gower, C., Sarkar, M. and McNicholas, F., 2015. Adolescents' and parents' views of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Ireland. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health, 22 (8), pp. 561-569. ISSN 1351-0126


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Aim: To explore adolescents’ and parents’ experiences of CAMHS in relation to accessibility, approachability, and appropriateness. Methods: Using a descriptive qualitative design, a combination of focus group and single interviews were conducted with adolescents (n=15) and parents (n=32) from three mental health clinics. Data were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Accessing mental health services was a challenging experience due to knowledge deficit, lack of information and limited availability of specialist services. Participants desired more information, involvement in decision-making, single and shared consultations, flexible scheduling of appointments, continuity with clinicians, school support and parent support groups. Participants seem to be generally satisfied, however adolescents felt less involved in decision making than they would have liked. Frequent staff changes was problematic as it disrupted continuity of care and hindered the formation of a trusting relationship. Implications for practice: Parents and adolescents expressed similar views of the positive and negative aspects of mental health services. Their need for more information-sharing and involvement in decision-making underline the importance of collaborative practice. Clinician continuity contributed to trusting therapeutic relationships and was valued. These are key principles that with attention, could lead to quality service provision for adolescents and families.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health
Creators: Coyne, I., McNamara, N., Healy, M., Gower, C., Sarkar, M. and McNicholas, F.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Place of Publication: Chichester
Date: 2015
Volume: 22
Number: 8
ISSN: 1351-0126
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 28 Oct 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:56

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