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Developing an Australian-first recovery model for parents in Victorian mental health and family services: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Maybery, Darryl, Goodyear, Melinda, Reupert, Andrea, Sheen, Jade, Cann, Warren, Dalziel, Kim, Tchernagovski, Philip, O'Hanlon, Brendan and von Doussa, Henry 2017, Developing an Australian-first recovery model for parents in Victorian mental health and family services: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, BMC psychiatry, vol. 17, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1186/s12888-017-1357-4.

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Title Developing an Australian-first recovery model for parents in Victorian mental health and family services: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial
Author(s) Maybery, Darryl
Goodyear, Melinda
Reupert, Andrea
Sheen, JadeORCID iD for Sheen, Jade orcid.org/0000-0001-8327-5314
Cann, Warren
Dalziel, Kim
Tchernagovski, Philip
O'Hanlon, Brendan
von Doussa, Henry
Journal name BMC psychiatry
Volume number 17
Article ID 198
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1471-244X
Keyword(s) family
mental illness
parent
protocol
randomised controlled trial
science and technology
life sciences and biomedicine
psychiatry
Summary BACKGROUND: A considerable number of people with a mental illness are parents caring for dependent children. For those with a mental illness, parenting can provide a sense of competence, belonging, identity and hope and hence is well aligned to the concept of personal recovery. However, little research has focused on the recovery journey of those who are parents and have a mental illness. This randomised controlled trial aims to (i) evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention model of recovery for parents (Let's Talk about Children) in three different mental health service sectors and (ii) examine the economic value of a larger roll out (longer term) of the parent recovery model. METHODS: A two arm parallel randomised controlled trial will be used with participants, who are being treated for their mental illness in adult mental health, non-government community mental health or family welfare services. The study will involve 192 parents, who are considered by their treating practitioner to be sufficiently well to provide informed consent and participate in an intervention (Let's Talk about Children) or control group (treatment as usual). Participant randomisation will occur at the level of the treating practitioner and will be based on whether the randomised practitioner is trained in the intervention. Outcomes are compared at pre, post intervention and six-month follow-up. Recovery, parenting and family functioning, and quality of life questionnaires will be used to measure parent wellbeing and the economic benefits of the intervention. DISCUSSION: This is the first randomised controlled trial to investigate the efficacy of a parenting intervention on recovery outcomes and the first to provide an economic evaluation of an intervention for parents with a mental illness. An implementation model is required to embed the intervention in different sectors. TRIAL REGISTRATION: The trial was retrospectively registered: ACTRN12616000460404 on the 8/4/2016.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12888-017-1357-4
Field of Research 1103 Clinical Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30100528

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