|To csocial psychology haracterize barriers to receiving mental health care amongst adolescence and young adults young people from the age range of 16 to 25 in the United Kingdom
Course ID: LPSY-311-2: Social Psychology
Table of Contents
Method of interview 4
Thematic analysis 5
Conclusion , transcript, references 6,7.8.9
Research interview transcript
Audio 33 minutes duration
Date of interviews
Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide Vos, T., et al. (2013).It is widely accepted that mental health has become an ever increasing issue, amongst the global population. Many reports have been written and research conducted assessing the sociological and economic cost of mental health, Though behind those statistics are people. Someone’s son, daughter, parents, siblings. An whilst it is documented the impact mental health is having on society a stigma still seems to exist, which seems to be preventing people asking for help. Whilst if someone seem to have a physiological injury such as a broken limb, there is an acceptance they will seek medical treatment, or if someone has a condition such as diabetes they will seek help, though mental health according to much research still has a stigma attached to it. Research also suggests early interventions could significantly help in the quality of life with people with mental health problems, to the back ground to this research was to ask two real life people in a one to one interview what their thoughts were about mental health, to gain some insight into characterising barriers to receiving mental health care amongst adolescence and young adults young people from the age range of 16 to 25 in the United Kingdom.
To respondents were asked qualitative Semi-structured interview questions. The responds were different age groups one of which was over 50 years of age and the other in between the age group of 20 to 25. To examine any age related perceptions relating barriers to mental health problems amongst young people in the UK.
Participation of the study by both respondents was voluntary, the participants of the study, were on request, the criteria of each participant was different age group and different gender. On the basis they had minimal subjective experience within their immediate family of any such mental health problems in order to prevent bias attitudes towards experiences around barriers.
Open questions in a semi structured interview were asked of the participants using a Dictaphone, the transcript was then analysed using thematic analysis a qualitative method was used to identify , analyse and report themes (Braun & Clarke, 2006).On analysis of each of the respondents interviews a framework to code the interviews was implemented. The analysis is based on the themes which emerged from the interviews by the respondents.
My summary of findings, the perspective of the respondents was considerably variable. The results were not what I expected. There were no clear indications of characterisation of the barriers around mental health. There was no definitive view regards the barriers. It was difficult to precisely what the barriers are in such an difficult to define problem facing society in the 21st century. Some of the main themes centred around the perception of young people, and young people having a different mind-set in the past to the present age. Though I was expected the respondents to respond that there is barriers and stigma around mental health was a major barrier, other findings were the government cut backs, budgets and the financial constraint’s of funding a mental health programme both respondents cited Early interventions as being an important factor in the development of young people into adulthood, also the suggestion modern life style with the inclusion of video games, and social media causing a withdrawal of social behaviour on a contact level had an impact of young peoples mental health, though was not expressed as a barrier. The Attitude of people around mental health seems to suggest there is more awareness though not a great deal around stigma.
The strength of the research was based around the different attitudes of both respondents and the authenticity of both respondents to give an invaluable insight into mental health and their perception of barriers, the weakness was the volume of respondents and the reliability of a study based on two people with limited knowledge around barriers of mental health for young people, which has an impact on the validity of the study.
Implications: I think the study provides a platform for further studies, to get a more in depth understanding of barriers around mental health. What they study managed to conclude was that barriers do exist, clearly exist, future studies can help define more clearly what the barriers are and potential campaigns on raising awareness as the first key step and a protocol young people can feel safe accessing to get help.
I found the software time consuming to understand how to use effectively and whist upon understanding how to use it was less time consuming categorising themes, I found that the manual process helped immensely whilst more time consuming getting a more in depth understanding of the transcripts.
to summarise the findings their relationship of the findings suggested young people are afraid to be judged socially and mental health is not yet understand in society anywhere near the level physiological health problems are accepted from a treatment protocol, studies have suggested early interventions can make a positive impact, though also the barriers such as stigma , fear, awareness may prevent young people from accessing the help they need though this study fell into to line with other studies suggesting that early interventions could make a positive impact on mental health problems. Also the limitations of past studies and this study is how we define mental health, for such a broad abstract area there is no clear definition only other than categorisation through label definitions which in turn become labels used by the general population such as depression to describe feeling low or down,from that point of view it is difficult to diagnose abd potentially the sociological and economical impact as suggest by several reports and journals including the WHO, is hard to gauge, as potentially people can obtain a medical referral though it is reliant on the integrity of the person reporting the problem not looking to gain benefit from a financial safety net point of view, which in turn is a circle towards compounding the stigma attached to mental health and barriers.
Interview Setting: village hotel training room
To characterize barriers to receiving mental health care amongst adolescence and young adults young people from the age range of 16 to 25 in the United Kingdom?
JP Thank you for agreeing to do the interview today , how are you?
TD Cool, looking forward to it , how are you?
What is your opinion on some of the factors that are contributing to the rise of mental health in adolescence?
TD; People Living busy lives, not making times for them selves , always in a rush, plus people these days with it, people complain all the time and rush to the doctor, years ago it wouldn’t happen
What sought of impact do the barriers have an impact as a young person goes on to be an adult, If averted timely interventions? Well the earlier you can get help the better, you see these young people on the streets, walking round the streets doing nothing they should be getting help so when the grow into adults they can live a normal life.
Do you think adolescents and young adults are receiving accessible and acceptable services to meet their needs? I am not sure with all the cut backs in the government probably not, also the world is a different place than it used to be,
What do feel young people identify as barriers?
How significant is the social stigma for young people looking for support?
Young people can be cruel, teenagers can be nasty to each other, if a young people look for help then they are probably scared about what other people will think
What do you think is being done to break encourage young people to seek help?
I am not really sure, I have a Neace and she told me they had campaign’s in schools,
What are the barriers ethnic minority groups in the UK accessing mental health services?
I live in an ethnic area, and they tend to , and I think they see mental health different,
What do you think are the waiting times before a young person can get support?
Do you think that the process always been this way? If it hasn’t what is different?
Not sure ummm don’t know
What do you think are some of the factors that are contributing to the rise of mental health in adolescence?
I think it is a combination of factors, I think it is more acceptable to open up, so that will impact on the statistics of people seeking help, I think it’s the family demographic the break down of families, the young people don’t have the same stability, one parent families, also diets people eat a lot of junk food and processed food
What sought of impact do the barriers have an impact as a young person goes on to be an adult, If averted timely interventions? I think if young people get help early they have a better chance of living a better life as they get older,
Do you think adolescents and young adults are receiving accessible and acceptable services to meet their needs? I think the services are their, though , and if they are aware of them whether they will seek help is a different story
What do you think the young people identify as barriers to getting help?
changes over time
quality of life
quality of life
Different factors biopsychosocial
Early interventions green
Life style yellow
Young people dark red
Ryan, G., & Bernard, H. R. (2003). Techniques to identify themes. Field Methods, 15(1), 85–109.
Hancock, B. (1998/2002). Trent Focus for research and development in primary
health care: an introduction to qualitative research. Trent Focus.
Boyatzis, R. (1998). Qualitative Information: Thematic Analysis and Code Development, Sage Publications.
Vos, T., et al. (2013) Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study. The Lancet. 386 (9995). pp. 743-800