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Implementation of preventive mental health services for children of physically ill parents: experiences in seven European countries and health care systems

  • OBJECTIVE Parental physical disease is a family issue, but families' minor children are seldom considered. The current study analyzed experiences with implementation of counseling for families with physically ill parents and minor children during a European multisite pilot project. METHOD Implementation protocols of seven European partner centers collaborating in a joint research project were analyzed by Mayring's qualitative content analysis. Both an inductive approach and a deductive approach were chosen. Satisfaction of families and therapists was considered based on information from three partner centers. RESULTS Satisfaction with counseling was rather high. Mentioned problems referred to aspects related to liaison partners, family-related aspects and physicians' concerns. Recommendations related to contacting families, liaising with other professions, implementing counseling together with a research project, and training. Results are integrated in the current dissemination literature. CONCLUSION Successful implementation was mostly determined by aspects of interdisciplinary cooperation and communication, perceived relative advantage and organizational premises. With regard to this kind of innovative child-centered family mental health services, top-down and bottom-up implementation strategies should be combined, and strategies of maintenance and sustainability should be considered from the very beginning.

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Author:Franziska Kühne, Miriam Haagen, Christiane Baldus, Stavroula Diareme, Andrea Grether, Florence Schmitt, Dan Stanescu, Margit Stöckl, Mikael Thastum, Birgit Möller, Georg Romer
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2012.10.005
Parent Title (English):General hospital psychiatry
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Completion:2013
Year of first Publication:2013
Release Date:2020/10/16
GND Keyword:Adolescent; Child; Child Health Services; Child of Impaired Parents/psychology; Counseling; Europe; Humans; Mental Health Services; Patient Satisfaction; Pilot Projects; Preschool; Preventive Health Services/organization {\&} administration; Program Development; Qualitative Research; Surveys and Questionnaires
Volume:35
First Page:147
Last Page:153
Faculties:Sozialwesen (SW)
Publication list:Möller-Kallista, Birgit
Licence (German):License LogoBibliographische Daten