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Title: "They think they are just crazy" : an exploration of the experience of young people who have a parent in contact with mental health services
Author: Peile, Lauren
ISNI:       0000 0004 2699 0508
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis presents the findings from an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) of the experience of young people whose parents are in contact with mental health services. An overview of previous literature suggested that these young people have largely been overlooked by researchers until the last decade. More recently, projects have been underway that aim to address the specific needs of this group, particularly by encouraging professionals to consider clients' roles as parents. These have been mostly from a psychiatric perspective and have tended to rely on illness models of understanding and identifying mental distress. It could be argued that there is a need for a study that focuses on a more complex analysis of the lived experiences of these young people in the U.K. An account is given of the theoretical and procedural issues associated with IPA. An analysis is then provided of the accounts of the six participants, who are between 11 and 17 and live with a parent who is in contact with mental health services. Seven themes emerged; being protected by their parents, taking a positive attitude, not disclosing to others, lack of knowledge and understanding about mental health, negative attitudes towards mental health, assuming responsibility and a positive view of services and support. A reflexive critical review of the research is considered and the implications of the study for future research, policy and services discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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