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The experience of adolescent inpatient care and the anticipated transition to the community: Young people’s perspectives

Gill, F; Butler, S; Pistrang, N; (2016) The experience of adolescent inpatient care and the anticipated transition to the community: Young people’s perspectives. Journal of Adolescence , 46 pp. 57-65. 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.10.025. Green open access

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Abstract

This study explored adolescents' perspectives of inpatient mental health care, focussing on aspects of the inpatient environment they anticipated would help or hinder their transition back home. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 adolescent inpatients; transcripts were analysed thematically. Participants experienced inpatient treatment as offering a mix of benefits (e.g., supportive relationships) and drawbacks (e.g., living in a “fake world”). They anticipated the transition home as providing opportunities for personal growth and consolidation of new coping skills, but also posing challenges concerning re-entering the “real world” after the experience of being “wrapped in cotton wool”. Self-determination theory and attachment theory offer two potential frameworks for understanding these opportunities and challenges. Inpatient care has the potential to foster key mechanisms for adaptive development, creating a platform for developing positive future behaviours. Community teams should work closely with inpatient units to support the generalisation of the young person's newly acquired coping skills.

Type: Article
Title: The experience of adolescent inpatient care and the anticipated transition to the community: Young people’s perspectives
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.10.025
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.10.02...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0. Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
Keywords: Adolescent; Inpatient treatment; Mental health; Psychiatric; Qualitative
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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473396
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