Psychiatric Nurses’ Practice with Parents who have Mental Illness, their Children and Families, within Adult Mental Health Services in Ireland

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Abstract

Introduction: While it is recommended that mental health professionals engage in family focused practice (FFP), there is limited understanding regarding psychiatric nurses’ practice with parents who have mental illness, their children and families in adult mental health services.

Methods: This study utilized a mixed methods approach to measure the extent of psychiatric nurses’ family focused practice and factors that predicted it. It also sought to explore the nature and scope of high scoring psychiatric nurses’ FFP and factors that affected their capacity to engage in FFP. Three hundred and forty three psychiatric nurses in 12 mental health services throughout Ireland completed the Family Focused Mental Health Practice Questionnaire (FFMHPQ). Fourteen nurses who achieved high scores on the FFMHPQ also participated in semi-structured interviews.

Results: Whilst the majority of nurses were not family focused a substantial minority were. High scoring nurses’ practice was complex and multifaceted, comprising various family focused activities, principles and processes. Nurses’ capacity to engage in FFP was determined by their knowledge and skills, working in community settings and own parenting experience.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2016
EventFifth International Conference on Families and Children with Parental Mental Health Challenges - Basel, Switzerland
Duration: 17 Aug 201619 Aug 2016
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Conference

ConferenceFifth International Conference on Families and Children with Parental Mental Health Challenges
CountrySwitzerland
CityBasel
Period17/08/201619/08/2016
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    Grant, A. (2016). Psychiatric Nurses’ Practice with Parents who have Mental Illness, their Children and Families, within Adult Mental Health Services in Ireland. Paper presented at Fifth International Conference on Families and Children with Parental Mental Health Challenges, Basel, Switzerland.