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Book

Adult psychopathology: a social work perspective

Author:
TURNER Francis J
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication year:
1984
Pagination:
576p., bibliogs.
Place of publication:
New York
Journal article

From singing to soap making: North Devon's Adult Learning Forum Pilot Project

Authors:
LEY Ann, et al
Journal article citation:
Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 14(4), November 2010, pp.22-29.
Publisher:
Emerald

North Devon's Adult Learning Forum Pilot Project was carried out between 1 January 2010 and 31 March 2010. The Project arose from an innovative partnership between local cultural and leisure agencies and the mental health trust, and offered a range of interesting and unusual cultural activities to people recovering from mental distress. Activities were free and open to all, but recruitment was particularly targeted at people with mental health problems who were at various stages of recovery. The activities offered were: singing in a community choir; ‘Dance on Prescription’; History Hunters/archaeology; family history research; rural skills and creative crafts; and coast and countryside activities. A total of 305 individuals took part in 83 learning events, and written feedback was received from 145 people. This article describes the results of the evaluation of the project, based on telephone interviews, group discussions, written learner feedback, and the results of a questionnaire. It considers the benefits for the participants, what went well, the challenges, and the lessons learned.

Journal article

The effect of severe child sexual abuse and disclosure on mental health during adulthood

Authors:
O'LEARY Patrick, COOHEY Carol, EASTON Scott D.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 19(3), May 2010, pp.275-289.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between indicators of severe sexual abuse and mental health symptoms during adulthood and to determine whether telling someone the abuse had occurred during childhood moderates the relationship between severe abuse and mental health. A phone survey was conducted with 172 adults living in Victoria, Australia, who were sexually abused as children. The results suggested that disclosure of child sexual abuse during childhood may be important in understanding mental health symptoms during adulthood. Telling someone about the sexual abuse was related to a greater number of mental health symptoms, however discussing the sexual abuse within a year was related to fewer mental health symptoms. Regardless of whether the respondent told someone about the abuse or discussed it, three indicators of abuse severity were associated with more mental health symptoms: being injured, being abused by more than one person, and being abused by a biological relative. The authors discuss the study results and their implications.

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Doing what works: individual placement and support into employment

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
7p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health has published 'Doing what works: individual placement and support into employment'. This briefing paper states that people with severe mental health problems are much more likely to get and keep jobs if services use the most effective methods of supporting them into employment. It describes the Individual Placement and Support scheme and suggests that it is the most effective approach to enabling people to gain and retain the jobs they want. However, the paper states that it is only effective if all seven of its key principles are in place.

Journal article

Abuse in childhood and mental disorder in adult life

Authors:
MARSHALL William, et al
Journal article citation:
Child Abuse Review, 17(2), March 2008, pp.133-138.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

The aim of this study was to compare the intensity of abuse experienced during childhood by those suffering from mental health problems, those who were somatically ill (ie those suffering from dermatological illnesses) and healthy people. The results supported the hypothesis that the abuse of children results in a risk factor for occurrence of mental health problems in adult life.

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Childhood IQ in relation to later psychiatric disorder. Evidence from a Danish birth cohort study

Authors:
BATTY G. David, MORTENSEN Erik L., OSLER Merete
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 187(2), August 2005, pp.180-181.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Studies examining the relationship between early-life IQ and the risk of subsequent psychiatric disorder in adulthood are scarce. In the present investigation, the childhood IQ scores of 7022 singleton-born Danish males were linked to psychiatric hospital discharge records in adulthood. IQ scores were inversely related to the risk of total psychiatric illness, with the highest levels apparent in the lowest scoring IQ group. Adjusting for paternal occupational social class and birth weight had only a small attenuating effect. Low childhood IQ may have an aetiological role in the development of adult total psychiatric disorder.

Journal article

Old before their time

Author:
ROARTY Evlynne
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 29.10.98, 1998, p.8.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

When dementia strikes the young, its devastating effects are often more acutely felt than when it afflicts elderly people. The author examines the added burden.

Journal article

A meta-analysis of the relationship of child sexual abuse to adult psychological adjustment

Author:
JUMPER Shan A.
Journal article citation:
Child Abuse and Neglect, 19(6), June 1995, pp.715-728.
Publisher:
Elsevier

Reports on meta-analyses of the relationships of child sexual abuse to adult psychological adjustment. Results indicated statistically significant relationships between the experience of child sexual abuse and subsequent difficulties in psychological adjustment as measured by psychological symptomatology, depression, and self-esteem. The implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Journal article

Childhood sexual abuse and mental health in adult life

Authors:
MULLEN Paul E., et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 163, December 1993, pp.721-732.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Reports on research in New Zealand, which found a positive correlation between reporting abuse and greater levels of psychopathology on a range of measures. Childhood sexual abuse was more frequent in women from disrupted homes as well as those who had been exposed to inadequate parenting or physical abuse. The overlap between the possible effects of sexual abuse and the effects of the matrix of disadvantage from which it so often emerges were so considerable as to be felt to raise doubts about how often, in practice, it operates as an independent causal element. Lack of long-term impairment of many of those reporting childhood sexual abuse suggests that effects can only be understood in relationship with the context from which the abuse emerged.

Journal article

The efficacy of case management services for severely mentally disabled clients

Author:
SOLOMON Phyllis
Journal article citation:
Community Mental Health Journal, 28(3), June 1992, pp.163-180.
Publisher:
Springer

Review of published and unpublished research studies of case management of severely mentally ill adults.

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