Putting it into Practice

Title: Getting it right! Enhancing youth involvement in mental health research.
Author: Mawn, L., Welsh, P., Kirkpatrick, L., Webster, L and Stain H.
Date Published: 2015
Reference: Health Expectations doi: 10.1111/hex.12386. [Epub ahead of print]
Are service users or carers authors: Yes

Abstract: Aim: To explore the perceptions of young people about involving them in mental health research. Methods: Interviews with eight young people from mental health organisations. Findings/ recommendations: Young people with an interest in mental health wish to get involved in research when projects offer opportunities for personal development and when there seems to be potential to make a difference to others. They suggest that ideally involvement should take place at the earliest stages of project development. They identified several factors that may prevent involvement including anxiety, on-going mental health problems, stigma and a busy lifestyle. This means researchers need to explain tasks clearly, understand individuals’ strengths and weaknesses and be prepared to manage the impact of any mental health difficulties. It may take some time for young people to build trust and rapport with professionals.

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Categories: journal article
service users and carers
research commissioners
children and young people
general principles of good practice
lessons from direct experience of involvement
identifying and prioritising topics

Date Entered: 2015/10/14

Date Edited: 2015/10/14

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