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An exploration of lasting responses to inpatient child and adolescent mental health care

White, Thomas


Thomas White



This thesis portfolio comprises three parts:
Part One: Systematic Literature Review
Part one contains a systematic literature review which explores the experiences of caregivers who have a child they are directly caring for admitted to an inpatient child and adolescent mental health unit. A systematic search of six data bases retrieved ten suitable papers, the findings of which are presented using thematic synthesis. Themes of the roles for parents, interacting with the support network and managing a child growing up were generated. Conclusions and clinical implications for service development are discussed.
Part Two: Empirical Paper
Part two is an investigation into lasting responses of those who have previously experienced adolescent inpatient mental healthcare, considering the impact upon identity development. Five participant’s interviews were analysed with narrative analysis, exploring powerlessness, being separated from the outside world, labelling, and difficult relationships. Story types following a Quest Narrative are discussed, along with stories of coping, resilience, and personal development. Clinical implications and conclusions are discussed.
Part Three: Appendices
Part three consists of appendices to support the previous parts. A reflective and epistemological statement is also included.


White, T. (2023). An exploration of lasting responses to inpatient child and adolescent mental health care. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Jan 5, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jan 18, 2024
Keywords Clinical psychology
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Additional Information School of Psychology and Social Work
University of Hull
Award Date Dec 19, 2023


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Copyright Statement
© 2023 Thomas Henry White. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

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