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Title: PRiorItieS : a study exploring PReferences for treatment, Internalised Stigma & social defeat among individuals in receipt of care for psychosis from mental health services
Author: Thriskou, Foteini
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 5862
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2019
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Background: Research suggests that migrants have reduced access to treatment for psychosis, and more prolonged pathways to care, which could increase their risk for developing psychosis. Factors such as internalised stigma, experiences of social defeat and preference for non-medical treatment could delay help seeking, thereby leading to the development of psychosis. Aims: Our primary aim was to pilot the feasibility of recruiting migrants and non-migrants with psychosis to test a new measure of treatment preferences. We also aimed to explore group differences on experiences of stigma, social defeat and treatment preferences. Methods: Twenty seven individuals in receipt of care for psychosis completed measures of social defeat, internalised stigma and the GlasMPT. Results: Difficulties with recruiting migrants are discussed. Results were also mixed with regards to the tool's psychometric properties, indicating the need for further refinements and testing. Exploratory analysis suggested that most participants preferred psychosocial interventions for their problems, and greater stigma was associated with greater social defeat. Conclusion: Given the relationship between delays in help-seeking and development of psychosis, there is a need to understand barriers to help-seeking, particularly for those at risk, such as migrants. Future studies should draw on our findings to improve migrant recruitment and develop culturally sensitive measures of treatment preferences.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: BF Psychology