Impact of Mental Health Services on Resilience in Youth with First Episode Psychosis: A Qualitative Study

S Lal, M Ungar, A Malla, C Leggo, M Suto
Administration and Policy in Mental Health 2017, 44 (1): 92-102
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.

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