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Guided self-help for mental health disorders in children and young people with chronic neurological conditions: A qualitative evaluation

Bennett, SD; Coughtrey, AE; Heyman, I; Greally, S; Clarkson, H; Bhattacharyya, T; Lewis, C; ... Shafran, R; + view all (2018) Guided self-help for mental health disorders in children and young people with chronic neurological conditions: A qualitative evaluation. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology , 22 (4) pp. 620-631. 10.1016/j.ejpn.2018.02.011. Green open access

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Abstract

Objective: Children with neurological conditions such as epilepsy are at high risk of developing mental health disorders. Guided self-help can be used to increase access to psychological therapies. When developing and evaluating interventions, it is important to obtain the views of service-users about their acceptability. A telephone-guided self-help intervention was used to treat common mental health difficulties in children and young people with neurological conditions. The intervention was not adapted in content to account for chronic illness. This study therefore reports on qualitative interviews with participants to determine the acceptability of the intervention. // Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 27 participants (25 parents and 2 young people) who had undertaken a telephone-delivered guided self-help intervention for common mental health difficulties in the context of a paediatric neurological condition. Transcripts were analysed thematically using the framework approach. // Results: Thirteen themes were extracted, organised into three main domains, which covered: the practicalities of telephone guided self-help treatment; the outcomes of the intervention; and the extent to which adaptation was needed for chronic illness. Most families found the intervention helpful in working towards their specific goals and noticed changes for the child and/or parents and family. // Conclusions: Participants had a positive experience of the intervention and the majority of parents found the standard intervention with individualised goals sufficient to meet the young person's mental health needs.

Type: Article
Title: Guided self-help for mental health disorders in children and young people with chronic neurological conditions: A qualitative evaluation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2018.02.011
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpn.2018.02.011
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054278
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