Towards a developmental framework of consumer and carer participation in child and adolescent mental health services

Macdonald, Elspeth, Lee, Erica, Geraghty, Kerry, McCann, Karen, Mohay, Heather A., & O'Brien, Tom (2007) Towards a developmental framework of consumer and carer participation in child and adolescent mental health services. Australasian Psychiatry, 15(6), pp. 504-508.

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Objective: This paper examines the concept of consumer participation in the context of developmental changes in parent/child relationships and associated differences in the utilization of child and adolescent mental health services.

Method: Existing definitions and characteristics of mental health service delivery for children and young people are examined to answer the question,"Who is the consumer in the context of clinical services for young clients and their parents, and does this change with the child or young person's developmental stage?".

Results: As children, young people and parents utilize services in this area of mental health, the roles of consumer and carer need redefinition to accommodate both young clients and parents as consumers, and parents also as carers.

Conclusion: The proposed framework addresses the changing roles of parents and young clients from infancy to early adulthood to guide consumer and carer participation strategies. If child and adolescent mental health services are to apply a developmental perspective and engage both young clients and parents as 'consumers', they need to address challenges related to the differences in expectations and capacities of young clients and parents, to the complexity associated with dual roles, and to promoting meaningful participation.

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ID Code: 15084
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: adolescent, caregivers, child, consumer participation, mental health services
DOI: 10.1080/10398560701458228
ISSN: 1440-1665
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Australasian Psychiatry 15(6):pp. 504-508]. [Australasian Psychiatry] is available online at informaworldTM with
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:33

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