'Who cares?' An exploratory study of carer needs in adult mental health

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Title 'Who cares?' An exploratory study of carer needs in adult mental health
Author McAuliffe, Donna Anne; Andriske, Laurie; Moller, Elva; O'Brien, Mary; Breslin, Pam; Hickey, Paul
Journal Name Australian e-journal for the Advancement of Mental Health
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher AuseiNet
Abstract Overall, health professionals have been slow to recognise the needs of families and carers, and have tended to marginalise their input in aiding consumer recovery. Despite the rhetoric of carer inclusion in mental health policy, the continued lack of systematic involvement of carers in mental health systems ensures that they remain outside the realm of core business in mental health treatment. Based on dialogues with 31 participants in a series of focus groups who are directly engaged in caring for an adult with a serious mental illness, this study reinforces the need for carer inclusion and legitimacy, and highlights necessary changes to service delivery that acknowledge carer isolation and secondary stigma. The importance of psychoeducation programs, consistency in case management roles, and better information about the interface with legal systems were seen as particularly critical.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://amh.e-contentmanagement.com/archives/vol/8/issue/1/article/3253/who-cares
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Auseinet. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 8
Issue Number 1
Page from 1
Page to 12
ISSN 1446-7984
Date Accessioned 2010-03-01
Language en_US
Comments Page numbers are not for citation purposes. Instead, the full reference needs to include the URL, e.g.: Donna McAuliffe, 2011. 'Who cares?' An exploratory study of carer needs in adult mental health. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 8(1), http://pubs.e-contentmanagement.com/doi/pdf/10.5172/jamh.8.1.57
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30105
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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