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    Promoting, implementing and evaluating family-focused interventions for families with parental mental illness: scoping and installation

    Mulligan, Christine and Furlong, Mairead and McGilloway, Sinéad (2019) Promoting, implementing and evaluating family-focused interventions for families with parental mental illness: scoping and installation. Advances in Mental Health. ISSN 1838-7357

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    Objectives: This paper outlines the findings from the first stage of a research programme called PRIMERA (Promoting Research and Innovation in Mental hEalth seRvices for fAmilies and Children). This programme aims to identify, help implement and evaluate family-focused interventions for families where a parent has a mental illness, and promote a ‘think family’ service delivery agenda in the Republic of Ireland (RoI). Methods: An initial scoping study was undertaken to: (1) assess the nature and extent of family-focused practice (FFP) in adult (N = 114) and child (N = 69) mental health services in the RoI; (2) review the international literature; and (3) undertake site/service visits to assess readiness for, and inform the implementation of, FFP. Results: A national Expression of Interest (EoI) call led to 37 written submissions (20% response rate) plus six further requests for involvement from interested community services. Fifteen sites/ services (35%) were included in the research following critical appraisal and consultation. FFP across services/sites was smallscale or non-existent. Following a literature review and other strategic/resource considerations, all sites were invited to deliver the Family Talk (FT) intervention; 12 agreed to do so; three sites will deliver other programmes. A series of activities was undertaken by the research team to support early implementation. Discussion: This first phase of the research provides a critical starting point for promoting, and assessing the development of, FFP in mental health services in the RoI. Some useful generalisable lessons are also identified in terms of building capacity and beginning to change practice in this field.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Family-focused practice; family-focused intervention; parental mental illness; ‘think family’ approach; family mental health; family focused mental health practice;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 13811
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    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 10:56
    Journal or Publication Title: Advances in Mental Health
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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