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The aim of this study was to evaluate the short-term impact of a group crisis intervention for children aged 9-15 years from five refugee camps in the Gaza Strip during ongoing war conflict. Children were selected if they reported moderate to severe posttraumatic stress reactions, and were allocated to group intervention (N=47) encouraging expression of(More)
BACKGROUND There has been little reported research into the effect of war on the behaviour and emotional well-being of pre-school children. AIMS To investigate the relationship between exposure to war trauma and behavioural and emotional problems among pre-school children. METHOD A total of 309 children aged 3-6 years were selected from kindergartens in(More)
BACKGROUND Homeless families are an increasing but marginalised part of society. They have diverse and complex needs that have often not been addressed by the available services. There is some evidence that psychosocial factors continue to be detrimental to the mental health of these families even after rehousing. METHOD Thirty-five homeless families were(More)
Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a life-long condition. In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of children diagnosed with ASD and a greater recognition that parents need clear, accessible information communicated through different modalities. The objective of this research was to explore the views of stakeholders regarding their information(More)
BACKGROUND Unaccompanied refugee adolescents are a small but clinically significant group. This group is vulnerable with physical and psychiatric needs which are often not met. There are several barriers to providing care for this group, originating with the refugees but also due to service provision. AIMS The aim of this research is to appreciate the(More)
The area of child mental health has a developing evidence base, with much of this focused on outcomes and a growing recognition for the value of process research. Despite this growth, however, there has still been little work conducted on first assessments in spite of their importance in establishing therapeutic rapport and engagement with services. We(More)
WHAT IS KNOWN ON THE SUBJECT?: An essential part of the mental health assessment is to evaluate the risk of harm to self. Fundamentally this involves asking directly about self-harming behaviour and suicidal thoughts or urges, but practitioners often find it difficult to open up these conversations. This evaluation of risk is particularly important as(More)
BACKGROUND The mental health assessment is a fundamental aspect of clinical practice and central to this is the use of questions. AIMS To investigate the frequency and type of questions utilised within a child mental health assessment. METHOD The data consisted of 28 naturally occurring assessments from a UK child and adolescent mental health service.(More)
Self-harm in young people is a common presentation to mental health services. There is little literature, however, on how professionals view their role and the role of others within the assessment of these young people, and the relative accountability. This study explored Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) professionals' views of these(More)