Journal article

Examining the physical health and lifestyle of young people at ultra-high risk for psychosis: A qualitative study involving service users, parents and clinicians

Rebekah Carney, Jack Cotter, Tim Bradshaw, Alison R Yung

Psychiatry Research | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2017


Emerging evidence suggests young people at ultra-high risk for psychosis (UHR) are also at-risk for poor physical health, and display high rates of modifiable cardiometabolic risk factors. However, before we can develop effective interventions there is a need to understand factors affecting lifestyle choices in the UHR group. We conducted semi-structured qualitative interviews with 20 UHR individuals (50% male; mean age 21.7), 5 parents (4 mothers, 1 father), and 6 clinicians from early intervention services in the Northwest of England to identify barriers and facilitators to living a healthy lifestyle, including achieving regular exercise, eating well and refraining from excessive substance..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Economic and Social Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

R.C is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [ES/J500094/1]. We would like to thank all participants and staff members who assisted with recruitment at the participating sites. We would like to extend particular thanks to Matt Riley for helping us throughout the course of the study.