Outcome evaluation of a statewide child inpatient mental health unit

Gavidia-Payne, S, Littlefield, L, Hallgren, M, Jenkins, P and Coventry, N 2003, 'Outcome evaluation of a statewide child inpatient mental health unit', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 37, pp. 204-211.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Outcome evaluation of a statewide child inpatient mental health unit
Author(s) Gavidia-Payne, S
Littlefield, L
Hallgren, M
Jenkins, P
Coventry, N
Year 2003
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Volume number 37
Start page 204
End page 211
Total pages 8
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract Background. Signposts is a flexible intervention system for families of children who have intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. The Signposts materials include eight information booklets, a workbook and videotape for parents, and a series of instructional manuals for therapists.The system was designed so that it can be delivered in several different ways, i.e. group support, telephone support and self-directed modes. Methods. The present study was an evaluation of these three modes of delivery and involved 115 families. Results. Following the use of the Signposts materials in parent training programmes, the subjects reported that they were less stressed, felt more efficacious about managing their children's behaviour, were less hassled about meeting their own needs and that their children's behaviour had improved. Additionally, families generally reported high levels of satisfaction with the content and delivery of the materials. Conclusions. Finally, there were minimal differences among the three modes of delivery on the measures used, although families who used the self-directed mode were less likely to complete the materials. Implications of these results for service delivery are discussed.
Subject Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) challenging behaviour
intellectual disability
DOI - identifier 10.1046/j.1365-2788.2003.00486.x
ISSN 0004-8674
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