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Journal of Mental Health

Silia Vitoratou, Andrew Pickles
Psychometrics provide the mathematical underpinnings for psychological assessment. From the late 19th century, a plethora of methodological research achievements equipped researchers and clinicians with efficient tools whose practical value becomes more evident in the era of the internet and big data. Nowadays, powerful probabilistic models exist for most types of data and research questions. As the usability of the psychometric scales is better comprehended, there is an increased interest in applied research outcomes...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Julia Bocking, Stephanie B Ewart, Brenda Happell, Chris Platania-Phung, Robert Stanton, Brett Scholz
BACKGROUND: People diagnosed with mental illness (hereinafter "consumers") have higher rates of chronic disease and significantly shorter lives than the wider population. Peer workers have become increasingly involved in facilitating access to physical health care, yet the consumer perspective regarding peer involvement is unknown. This absent voice is needed to inform strategic planning and generate solutions to address the current inequity in health status. AIM: To articulate the views of consumers in regards to the potential use of peer workers to further the physical health of people with mental illness...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Anne C Krendl, Jonathan B Freeman
BACKGROUND: Although mental health stigmatization has myriad pernicious consequences, it remains unknown whether mental disorders are stigmatized for the same reasons. AIMS: This study identified the stigma-related beliefs that were associated with several common mental illnesses (Study 1), and the extent to which those beliefs predicted stigmatization (Study 2). METHODS: In Study 1, we used multidimensional scaling to identify the stigma-related beliefs attributed to nine common mental disorders (e...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Kennedy Amone-P'Olak, Vavani Boitumelo, Diana Shamisai Mberengwa
BACKGROUND: Cognitive emotion regulation strategies (CERS) have been shown to moderate the influence of War Experiences (WE) on mental health problems. AIMS: This study assessed the influence of WE and use of specific CERS on mental health problems among war-affected youth in Northern Uganda. METHODS: Five hundred and thirty-nine participants in an ongoing war-affected youth study (WAYS) were assessed by locally developed measures. CERS were measured by Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ)...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Eun-Young Park, Jung-Hee Kim
BACKGROUND: Hope is an important coping strategy and psychological resource for patients with a chronic illness. Stroke patients are exposed to stressful situations such as limited daily life activities, cognitive impairments and financial burdens. AIM: This study investigated the factor structure of the Dispositional Hope Scale (DHS) and verified its validity when examining stroke patients. METHODS: This methodological study used secondary, cross-sectional data analysis to investigate the factors related to participation restriction in chronic stroke patients...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Jennifer J Bowdoin, Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio, Elaine Puleo, David Keller, Joan Roche
BACKGROUND: The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model is designed to improve health outcomes while containing the cost of care. However, the evidence is inconclusive. AIMS: The aim of this study was to examine the associations between receipt of care consistent with the PCMH and healthcare services utilization and expenditures for non-elderly adults with mental illness in the USA. METHOD: A surveillance study was conducted using self-reported data for 6908 non-elderly adults with mental illness participating in the 2007-2012 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Ji-Wei Sun, Ping-Zhen Lin, Hui-Hui Zhang, Jia-Huan Li, Feng-Lin Cao
BACKGROUND: Stressful situations can increase the likelihood of nurses experiencing negative emotions, especially burnout. AIMS: To explore the association of cumulative exposure to occupational stressors and emotion regulation strategies with nurses' burnout. METHODS: Participants were 602 nurses from three general hospitals in Jinan, China. Social demographic characteristics, occupational stress, burnout, and emotion regulation strategies (cognitive reappraisal, expressive suppression, and rumination), were assessed...
October 8, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Katherine Newman-Taylor, Christie Garner, Elizabeth Vernon-Wilson, Karlien H W Paas, Lesley Herbert, Sheena K Au-Yeung
BACKGROUND: The development of safe and effective mental health services is a priority. This requires valid measures of personal recovery, yet these tools are not embedded in routine clinical practice. Brief "patient reported measures" are most likely to be acceptable to service-users and clinicians. The 4-item "Hope, Agency and Opportunity" (HAO) was co-produced to assess recovery outcomes and experience of mental health services. AIM: To evaluate the psychometric properties of the HAO...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Luca Iani, Marco Lauriola, Valentina Cafaro
BACKGROUND: The five facets mindfulness questionnaire-short form (FFMQ-SF) is a new, brief measure for the assessment of mindfulness skills in clinical and nonclinical samples. The construct validity of the FFMQ-SF has not been previously assessed in community samples. AIMS: The present study investigated the factor structure of the Italian version of the FFMQ-SF. METHOD: Structured equation modeling was used to test the fit of three alternative models in a sample of highly educated adults (nā€‰=ā€‰211)...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Emily Wood, Sally Ohlsen, Jennifer Thompson, Joe Hulin, Louise Knowles
BACKGROUND: Pet therapy is becoming increasingly popular and is used in a variety of ways from encouraging communication in older adults to improving wellbeing in those with serious mental illness. Increasingly Universities have been offering pet therapy to students in an effort to reduce stress. However, little evidence currently exists to support the effectiveness of reducing measurable stress levels after a standalone drop-in unstructured session. The University of Sheffield's Counselling Service works in partnership with Guide Dogs for the Blind to give students access to calm, well-trained animals for informal group stress relief...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Dominic Murphy, Rachel Ashwick, Emily Palmer, Walter Busuttil
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that veterans with mental health issues have poorer treatment outcomes than civilian counterparts. Understanding the difficulties faced by veterans could help focus treatments and improve outcomes. AIMS: To survey a representative sample of treatment-seeking veterans to explore their mental health needs. METHODS: A random sample of UK veterans who had engaged with a national mental health charity in the UK was drawn...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Ching-Wen Chang, David E Biegel
BACKGROUND: In contrast to their white counterparts, Latino Americans are less likely to utilize mental health services. AIMS: Guided by the Behavioral Model of Health Service Utilization, this study examined factors affecting use of mental health services and dropouts from mental health services among Latino Americans with mental health issues. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis utilizing data from the National Latino and Asian American Study...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Michelle Albicini, Matthew Eggleston, Audrey McKinlay
BACKGROUND: A history of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is prevalent in children and adolescents within the health system, which may be accompanied with higher rates of poor mental health outcomes including anxiety and other psychiatric disorders. AIMS: To explore rates of TBI and associated anxiety and other psychiatric diagnoses in children and adolescents aged 5-18 years within the mental health system. METHODS: Participants were recruited from an outpatient mental health service in Canterbury, New Zealand...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Debbie Horsfall, Joy Paton, Amie Carrington
BACKGROUND: Community-managed mental health organisations are important vehicles for "place-based" recovery-oriented services in regional areas. However, the community-based sector is not well described in data collections and more research is needed to identify the specific contributions that such services can make to recovery. This situation has become more acute in Australia with the restructure of mental health services under the new National Disabilities Insurance Scheme (NDIS). AIMS: The project aimed to understand more about what is effective in the service system; what impacts living in a regional location might have on a person's lived and service system experience and what people find helpful and supportive in their recovery journeys...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
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September 21, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
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December 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Sara Simblett
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October 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Maria-Chiara Bradascio
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October 2017: Journal of Mental Health
James Cook
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October 2017: Journal of Mental Health
Beth Chapman, Rohit Shankar, Joanne Palmer, Richard Laugharne
BACKGROUND: The general public regard mass media as their main source of information about mental illness. Psychiatrists are reluctant to engage with the media. There is little understanding of why this is the case. AIMS: The paper looks to explore attitudes of mental health clinicians and the media towards one another. METHOD: Media and mental health clinicians in the southwest of England completed self-report surveys. RESULTS: Of 119 questionnaires returned 85 were mental health clinicians and 34 media professionals...
October 2017: Journal of Mental Health
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