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Development of measures to assess personal recovery in young people treated in specialist mental health services

John, M, Jeffries, F, Acuña-Rivera, M, Warren, F and Simonds, L (2014) Development of measures to assess personal recovery in young people treated in specialist mental health services Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy.

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Abstract

Background Recovery has become a central concept in mental health service delivery, and several recovery-focused measures exist for adults. The concept's applicability to young people's mental health experience has been neglected, and no measures yet exist. Aim The aim of this work is to develop measures of recovery for use in specialist child and adolescent mental health services. Method On the basis of 21 semi-structured interviews, three recovery measures were devised, one for completion by the young person and two for completion by the parent/carer. Two parent/carer measures were devised in order to assess both their perspective on their child's recovery and their own recovery process. The questionnaires were administered to a UK sample of 47 young people (10–18 years old) with anxiety and depression and their parents, along with a measure used to routinely assess treatment progress and outcome and a measure of self-esteem. Results All three measures had high internal consistency (alpha ≥ 0.89). Young people's recovery scores were correlated negatively with scores on a measure used to routinely assess treatment progress and outcome (r = −0.75) and positively with self-esteem (r = 0.84). Parent and young persons' reports of the young person's recovery were positively correlated (r = 0.61). Parent report of the young person's recovery and of their own recovery process were positively correlated (r = 0.75). Conclusion The three measures have the potential to be used in mental health services to assess recovery processes in young people with mental health difficulties and correspondence with symptomatic improvement. The measures provide a novel way of capturing the parental/caregiver perspective on recovery and caregivers' own wellbeing. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Key Practitioner Message •No tools exist to evaluate recovery-relevant processes in young people treated in specialist mental health services. •This study reports on the development and psychometric evaluation of three self-report recovery-relevant assessments for young people and their caregivers. •Findings indicate a high degree of correspondence between young person and caregiver reports of recovery in the former. •The recovery assessments correlate inversely with a standardized symptom-focused measure and positively with self-esteem.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
John, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jeffries, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Acuña-Rivera, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Warren, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Simonds, LUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 9 June 2014
Identification Number : 10.1002/cpp.1905
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Additional Information : Copyright: Wiley 2014
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 23 Sep 2014 09:09
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2016 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805849

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