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Title: How do caregivers of children with co-morbid deafness and mental health difficulties experience and cope with their child's conditions?, and, Seeking help for OCD : a community focusing study
Author: Elliott, Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 5993 8669
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2016
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Main Research Project 1: Existing research indicates that caring for a child with additional difficulties can be challenging and stressful for caregivers (Mendenhall and Mount, 2011). Mental health problems and deafness can both be considered additional difficulties. However less is known about the impact of this co-morbid presentation in children on their caregivers. The present study explored how caregivers of children with co-morbid deafness and mental health difficulties experienced and coped with their child's conditions. The project took place in two stages. The first stage was designed to measure stress, coping and adjustment in caregivers of deaf and non-deaf children with mental health difficulties. The second stage provided some contextual background to caregiver's experiences of rearing a child with co-morbid deafness and mental health difficulties. Main Research Project 2: Background. Despite the potentially severe psychosocial impact of OCD and the its treatability, evidence suggests that people wait many years to seek treatment (Stobie, Taylor, Quigley, Ewing, and Salkovskis, 2007). The psychological processes involved in the decision to seek treatment for OCD have received surprisingly little research attention. It has been documented that a lack of information can act as a barrier to seeking treatment for OCD (Robinson, Rose and Salkovskis, in press). Research in other areas has indicated that decision making outcomes correspond with areas in which people are encouraged to focus on at the time of decision making (Wroe and Salkovskis, 2000; Wroe, Salkovskis and Rimes, 2000; Salkovskis, Rimes, Bolton and Wroe, 2010). Objectives. The present study aimed to explore whether the type of information presented and focussed on by community controls (without OCD) influenced the likelihood that they would seek treatment if they developed OCD. Design. An analogue study was conducted using people who were not suffering from OCD that were recruited in the community. Methods. The seventy-five included participants were recruited through community settings to complete a focussing intervention. Participants were asked to rate how likely they would be to seek help for OCD before and after reading and rating for self-applicability, specific information designed to focus their attention either on previously identified 'enabler' factors or on general information about OCD. Results. Results indicated a significant shift in the likelihood of seeking treatment for OCD when participants were asked to focus on enabling information as opposed to more general information on OCD. Conclusions. Providing people with any type of information about OCD is helpful in increasing the likelihood of hypothetically seeking help, however focussing on enabling factors is more facilitative in terms of adjusting people's attitudes towards treatment seeking.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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