Exploring young people’s perspectives on digital technology and mental healthcare: pilot study findings

Archard, Philip, O'Reilly, Michelle, Maddison, Cara and Wharrad, Heather (2024) Exploring young people’s perspectives on digital technology and mental healthcare: pilot study findings. Mental Health Practice, 27 (1). pp. 34-41. ISSN 1465-8720 (print) ; 2047-895X (online)

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Background: Digital technology affords opportunities to expand mental healthcare beyond the clinic setting, supporting sustainable delivery. A pilot qualitative study was undertaken with a view to using the experience gained from it to develop a substantive project in this area. Aim: To identify and better understand the perceived barriers and benefits to using digital technologies when delivering mental healthcare to young people. Method: In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with three young people under the care of a child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) team. The interview data were analysed thematically. Findings: Three main themes were identified from the interviews: digital identity and digital literacy; trusting and accessing digital health resources; and therapeutic relationships, choice and convenience. Conclusion: The findings of this pilot study reinforce the importance of avoiding a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to integrating digital technology in CAMHS. It was also identified that it is important to carefully consider the involvement of parents when conducting mental health research with children and young people.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted: 2023-07-03. Online publication date: 2023-09-26
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescents; anxiety; child health; information technology; mental health; professional; professional issues; qualitative research; research; technology
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychiatry
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychiatry
Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Research, Tests, Assessments > Psychotherapy Research
Department/People: Visiting Lecturer
URI: https://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2869

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