Impact of Mental Health Services on Resilience in Youth with First Episode Psychosis: A Qualitative Study
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The purpose of this qualitative study is to understand how mental health and related services support and hinder resilience in young people diagnosed with first-episode psychosis. Seventeen youth between the ages of 18–24 were recruited and 31 in-depth interviews were conducted. Findings illustrated that informational and meaning making, instrumental, and emotional supports were experienced positively (i.e., resilience-enhancing); whereas services with ghettoizing, engulfing, regulating, and out of tune practices were experienced negatively (i.e., resilience-hindering). These results demonstrate how various types of service-related practices influence resilience in youth and can inform future planning of services for psychosis.
KeywordsMental health services Resilience Well-being Service engagement Youth mental health
The first author was partially supported by a Doctoral Scholarship Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research while conducting this research. The third author is supported by the Canada Research Chair Program. This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
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