Towards a developmental framework of consumer and carer participation in child and adolescent mental health services

Macdonald, Elspeth, Lee, Erica, Geraghty, Kerry, McCann, Karen, Mohay, Heather and O’Brien, Tom (2007) Towards a developmental framework of consumer and carer participation in child and adolescent mental health services. Australasian Psychiatry, 15 6: 504-508. doi:10.1080/10398560701458228


Author Macdonald, Elspeth
Lee, Erica
Geraghty, Kerry
McCann, Karen
Mohay, Heather
O’Brien, Tom
Title Towards a developmental framework of consumer and carer participation in child and adolescent mental health services
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
1440-1665
Publication date 2007-12
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10398560701458228
Volume 15
Issue 6
Start page 504
End page 508
Total pages 5
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Subject 110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
Formatted abstract
Objective: This paper examines the concept of consumer participation in the context of developmental changes in parent/child relationships and associated differences in the utilization of child and adolescent mental health services.

Method:
Existing definitions and characteristics of mental health service delivery for children and young people are examined to answer the question,“Who is the consumer in the context of clinical services for young clients and their parents, and does this change with the child or young person's developmental stage?”.

Results:
As children, young people and parents utilize services in this area of mental health, the roles of consumer and carer need redefinition to accommodate both young clients and parents as consumers, and parents also as carers.

Conclusion:
The proposed framework addresses the changing roles of parents and young clients from infancy to early adulthood to guide consumer and carer participation strategies. If child and adolescent mental health services are to apply a developmental perspective and engage both young clients and parents as 'consumers', they need to address challenges related to the differences in expectations and capacities of young clients and parents, to the complexity associated with dual roles, and to promoting meaningful participation.
Keyword adolescent
caregivers
child
consumer participation
mental health services
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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