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A qualitative evaluation of an intervention for parents of adolescents with mental disorders: the parenting challenging adolescents seminar

Gilbo, Caroline, Knight, Tess, Lewis, Andrew J., Toumbourou, John W. and Bertino,Melanie D. 2015, A qualitative evaluation of an intervention for parents of adolescents with mental disorders: the parenting challenging adolescents seminar, Journal of child and family studies, vol. 24, no. 9, pp. 2532-2543, doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-0055-9.

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Title A qualitative evaluation of an intervention for parents of adolescents with mental disorders: the parenting challenging adolescents seminar
Author(s) Gilbo, Caroline
Knight, TessORCID iD for Knight, Tess orcid.org/0000-0002-9231-9582
Lewis, Andrew J.
Toumbourou, John W.ORCID iD for Toumbourou, John W. orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
Bertino,Melanie D.
Journal name Journal of child and family studies
Volume number 24
Issue number 9
Start page 2532
End page 2543
Total pages 12
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 1062-1024
1573-2843
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Parent
Parent education
Parenting intervention
Youth mental illness
Summary This qualitative study describes parents’ responses to a targeted and brief educational seminar (known as ‘Parenting Challenging Adolescents’), and provides recommendations for brief parenting interventions designed to engage adolescents in mental health treatment. The 2-h intervention was designed to assist parents who were concerned about their adolescents and in the identification of mental disorders. Participants were invited to attend the seminars conducted in a community setting on the basis of local advertising and promotion of the event with community health services and schools. Any parent of a young person aged 12–25 interested in the seminar material was eligible to attend. Sixteen parents completed measures of parent and youth mental health and family satisfaction and were also interviewed using semi-structured telephone interviews 4 weeks after the seminar. Interpretational phenomenological analysis of interviews suggested that most parents valued the chance to connect with others in similar situations and appreciated knowing about local services available for mental health disorders. Many parents also reported positive changes to communication and family dynamics following the seminar. Another common theme was an increased knowledge of mental disorders and appropriate treatments, along with the desire to receive more specific, targeted information. Overall the findings suggest that even a single session of educational material designed for parents may be useful, engaging and potentially encourage improved service usage for adolescents with mental disorders.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10826-014-0055-9
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30067559

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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