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Investigating the therapeutic needs of parents of young adults (18-25) with mental health issues

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This is a research project conducted by an external organisation. It may be of interest to people affected by complex mental illness. To find out more about the project below, contact the researchers directly.

This qualitative study will explore the feelings and therapeutic needs of parents of young adults who have experienced serious mental health issues (including bi-polar, severe anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders and other). 

The aim is to understand how supported they felt and any benefits of counselling or other interventions utilised. It will endeavour to understand their lived experiences, the most difficult stages, where they turned for help, their rating of support and how family dynamics were affected. 

A qualitative methodology will allow the researcher to explore and capture the felt experiences of parents. 

Semi-structured interviews with 6-8 individuals who are parents of young adults will be conducted, face-to-face in private rooms at the ACAP Sydney campus, or via Zoom sessions. The interviews will be recorded, transcribed, coded and thematically analysed. 

This research will help highlight the needs of the growing number of families affected by mental health issues and fill a gap in research. 

Inclusion criteria 
Participants will be: 

  • a parent of an adolescent (16-25years) who has experienced mental health issues as diagnosed by a GP or mental health practitioner (excluding parents whose children have been symptomatic over the past 6 months to reduce risk of causing undue distress)
  • interested in the project and willing to commit to a 45-60minute interview
  • over 18 years of age
  • have sufficient English language skills to participate in an interview without an interpreter. 

Exclusion criteria: 

  • parents of or patients of the Hills Clinic (Kellyville) since June 2017
  • anyone known to the associate researcher (Jeanne LaBash-Lews). 

Key dates: 

Interviews will be conducted from July/ August 2019, with the project to be completed and presented at the ACAP Colloquium in December 2019.

Interested in finding out more?

Please contact the Associate Researcher at
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Last updated: 21 June, 2019