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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)
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)
The objective of the present study was to establish the psychosocial characteristics and perspectives of 49 consecutive homeless families who received input from a new designated family support worker (FSW) post at a large statutory hostel for homeless parents and children. The FSW provided: assessment of social, educational and health needs; support and(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)
BACKGROUND Individual medical schools currently decide on the content and delivery of their undergraduate psychiatry curriculum, so there is probably significant variation in the students' experience of the speciality during the medical course and in the extent to which they develop the appropriate skills and knowledge base. AIM To ascertain how the(More)
The transition from primary to secondary education can be a critical period for those children identified as 'at risk', for whom a poor outcome is associated with significant psychosocial morbidity.The effectiveness of mentoring children has shown positive benefits, but little work has focused on the period of transition from primaly to secondary school,(More)
BACKGROUND Recruitment into psychiatry is correlated with the quality of undergraduate medical school teaching programmes and with a commitment of major resources to teaching students. There is an extensive literature related to attitudes towards psychiatry but less on the learning and teaching of psychiatry. AIMS To identify the current issues in(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 Recent initiatives have emphasized the ongoing need to include children in healthcare research, which is relevant to the development of both paediatric and mental healthcare services. Our aim was to contribute children and their parents' perceptions and experiences of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), with the objective of(More)