Childhood and Youth Mental Health: Family Experiences

PhD Candidate:

Caroline Hart

The Project:

This doctoral research explores the experiences of families when a young person, aged 12 to 17, has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety or ADHD.

As a result of the research, I will offer information that could be used by various practitioners who work with young people and their families, about how families manage day-to-day life with a young person who has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety or ADHD. Information could be used to improve care for young people, and support them and their families.

Invitation to parents to participate in research on the experiences of families when a young person has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety or ADHD

What is involved for participants?

I’d like to meet one (or both) parents at a convenient time and place, to have a conversation about experiences of caring for a child/ young person diagnosed with depression, anxiety or ADHD. I will ask some questions, but would like participants to tell their story of what is important to them about their experience. I would like to explore feelings of diagnosis, how the family has been involved in treatment decisions, and the routines associated with everyday living. If parents think it appropriate, I would also like to talk with young people about their own experiences. Interviews will be audio recorded. Everything said during these conversations will be confidential and data will be de-identified.

If you live in Melbourne or Sydney and would like to receive more information to give to families you know, or you are a parent who would like to participate, please contact Caroline:

Email:  Phone: 0420 235 816

This study is supervised by Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic and Dr Mark Davis, School of Social Sciences, Monash University and has approval from the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee – Project Number CF14/711 – 2014000277

SDM Project – News

SDM project news

As at February 2015, the SDM Project team has conducted in-depth narrative interviews with 25 experts by experience, 17 carers, and 12 mental health practitioners. Further interviews are being conducted on an ongoing basis. Data analysis is also substantially progressed; a coding framework for experts by experience has been developed, and a substantial majority of interview transcripts for experts by experience has been coded according to subject-matter. Data analysis for carers and health practitioners will be done as an ongoing activity, iteratively, as data is collected and transcribed.

How SDM will be used in the context of Community Treatment Orders is one of the multitude of questions which will be examined in the context of the SDM project. Delving into preliminary findings from in-depth narrative interviews with stakeholders, a paper entitled ‘Perspectives on Supported Decision Making and Community Treatment Orders’, will be presented by core research team member Dr Lisa Brophy. Occurring at the upcoming International Academy of Law and Mental Health conference in Vienna in July 2015, this paper promises to deliver interesting insight into aspects of SDM in Victoria.

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