Profession Differences in Family Focused Practice in the Adult Mental Health System Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • There is a large gulf between what psychiatric services should (or could) provide and what they do in practice. This article sought to determine practice differences between the differing professions working in adult mental health services in terms of their family focused work. Three hundred and seven adult mental health professionals completed a cross-sectional survey of family focused practices in adult mental health services. Findings highlight that social workers engaged in more family focused practice compared to psychiatric nurses, who performed consistently the lowest on direct family care, compared to both social workers and psychologists. Clear skill, knowledge, and confidence differences are indicated between the professions. The article concludes by offering direction for future profession education and training in family focused practices.

authors

  • Maybery, D
  • Goodyear, M
  • O'Hanlon, B
  • Cuff, R
  • Reupert, A

publication date

  • 2014