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Parents' experiences of collaboration between welfare professionals regarding children with anxiety or depression - an explorative study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Integrated Care, ISSN 1568-4156, Vol. 13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Well-functioning collaboration between professionals in the welfare sector has a strong influence on the contacts with parents of children and adolescents suffering from mental illness, and it is a precondition for the availability of support for these parents. This paper describes how such parents perceive collaboration between professionals in mental health care, social services, and schools. Methods: This was a small-scale qualitative study. Data were collected by in-depth interviews with seven parents of children and adolescents diagnosed with anxiety and depression. The families were selected from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health patient records kept by the Stockholm County Council (Sweden), and they all lived in a catchment area for Child and Adolescent Mental Health outpatient services in Stockholm. Results and discussion: Our results suggest that when the encounter between parents and professionals is characterised by structure and trust, it is supportive and serves as a holding environment. Parents think that communication links and coordination between professionals from different organisations are needed in the collaboration, along with appropriately scheduled and well-performed joint meetings to create structure in the parent-professional encounter. Parents also think that establishment of trust in this interaction is promoted by individual professionals who are available, provide the parents with adequate information, are skilled, and show empathy and commitment.

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2013. Vol. 13
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patients' perceptions, collaboration, child and adolescent mental health, child welfare, holding environment
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98320ISI: 000327717800001OAI: diva2:683369


Available from: 2014-01-03 Created: 2014-01-03 Last updated: 2014-01-03Bibliographically approved

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