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Feasibility and preliminary impact of a guided self-help intervention supporting disclosure decisions regarding lived experience among mental health professionals

Evans, Julie; (2019) Feasibility and preliminary impact of a guided self-help intervention supporting disclosure decisions regarding lived experience among mental health professionals. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis explores the feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a guided self-help intervention designed to support disclosure decisions regarding lived experience among mental health professionals. Part one is a conceptual introduction, examining the concepts of stigma and disclosure before considering mental health stigma interventions. It then focuses on decision making around disclosure of a mental health difficulty including important factors in disclosure such as shame, self-stigma and concealment. It considers research into interventions developed to aid those with mental health difficulties in reaching disclosure decisions, and introduces the Honest, Open, Proud (HOP) programme. Part two presents an empirical study which employed a pilot randomised controlled trial to investigate the feasibility and preliminary outcomes of the Honest, Open, Proud for Mental Health Professionals (HOP-MHP) guided self-help intervention. Utilising mixed methods HOP-MHP was deemed feasible but requiring improvements and adaptations to promote engagement and support individuals further, given the complexity of making disclosure decisions for this population. Consideration of research into complimentary interventions at structural levels of society and culture are discussed. Data collection for the empirical paper was conducted jointly with a fellow trainee (Smith, 2019). Part three offers a critical appraisal, reflecting on the process of engaging in the research as a mental health professional with lived experience and the challenges this presented.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Feasibility and preliminary impact of a guided self-help intervention supporting disclosure decisions regarding lived experience among mental health professionals
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
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 Brain Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084062
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