Promoting mental health in out of home care in Australia
Katherine Monson, Kristen Moeller-Saxone, Cathy Humphreys, Carol Harvey, Helen Herrman
Health Promotion International | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020
Young people in out of home care (OoHC) typically have worse mental health outcomes than peers who grow up within a family of origin. Innovations to improve the mental health of this group have tended to focus on pathology rather than mental health promotion and prevention of mental illnesses, and are often costly and challenging to implement. This qualitative study explored perspectives from young people with experience of OoHC in Melbourne, Australia regarding the promotion of mental health in OoHC. The study informed the subsequent development of a system-level intervention to support workers and carers in OoHC and evaluation of its implementation, the Ripple study. We conducted thematic ..View full abstract
This study was part of the Ripple Project, a 5-year National Health and Medical Research Council funded study of approaches to improving the mental health of young people in out of home care.