Clinical research in adult and youth mental health services

Roche, Ayesha A. (2014). Clinical research in adult and youth mental health services. University of Birmingham. M.Res.

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The first section of the current thesis details a service evaluation carried out across two medium secure inpatient clinics. The evaluation focuses on the implementation of a set of service user tools designed to facilitate recovery-focused care. The findings suggest the implementation was successful and achieved the aim of motivating service users and staff to begin utilising the tools. There were also some negative attitudes expressed in regards to the tools being repetitive.

The second section of the thesis was conducted during my placement with the Transitions team, conducting a large cohort study assessing young help seekers in order to inform a clinical staging model of mental illness. The section consists of a brief literature review conducted to explore the evidence for a causal relationship between childhood trauma and psychosis.

The final section of the thesis contains a quantitative study into the association between childhood trauma and psychotic experiences in the cohort of young participants help seekers. The findings provide support for a specific association between different trauma types and different psychotic experiences. The results also revealed a novel finding which provides initial evidence that a history of childhood trauma when combined with the tendency to ruminate may increase the frequency and severity of psychotic experiences.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Res.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Res.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry


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