The development of treatment models and interventions to support this vulnerable population must be informed by the views and experiences of suicidal children and young people. Our research will help inform the development of such models, provide vital information to those practitioners, and act as a foundation for any future research on this topic.
The team used a methodology, known as meta-ethnography, which involves systematically comparing conceptual data from primary qualitative studies to identify and develop new overarching concepts, theories and models. It enables researchers to combine the findings of qualitative studies, rather than concentrating on the individual cases.
They applied meta-ethnography to four studies, conducted in three different countries since 2006, which involved 44 people aged between 11 and 24. The approach focused on suicidal children and young people’s experiences of mental health services.
Ms Gilmour added: “The development of treatment models and interventions to support this vulnerable population must be informed by the views and experiences of suicidal children and young people.
“Our research will help inform the development of such models, provide vital information to those practitioners who support this vulnerable population, and act as a foundation for any future research on this topic.”
The paper, Review: The views and experiences of suicidal children and young people of mental health support services: a meta‐ethnography, is published in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Ms Gilmour is a PhD researcher, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
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