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A qualitative study of sexual minority young peoples’ experiences of computerised therapy for depression.

Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Hatcher, Simon; Fleming, Theresa M.; Stasiak, Karolina; Shepherd, Matthew J. and Merry, Sally N. (2015). A qualitative study of sexual minority young peoples’ experiences of computerised therapy for depression. Australasian Psychiatry, 23(3) pp. 268–273.

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or sexual minority youth who used a form of computerised therapy (Rainbow SPARX) for depression.

Methods: 25 adolescents (20 with significant depressive symptoms) who had trialled Rainbow SPARX took part in semi-structured interviews. The general inductive approach was used to analyse interview data.

Results: Feedback consisted of five main themes: ‘appealing aspects’; ‘applying it to real life’; ‘things to improve’; ‘aspects that did not appeal’; and ‘other themes’. Young people suggested that there should be more sexuality-specific (‘rainbow’) content in the computer program. Seventeen participants thought computerised therapy helped them feel better or less depressed.

Conclusions: Consumer perspectives are increasingly being sought and this user input is especially useful for improving services. Our study provides important in-depth feedback on Rainbow SPARX from the perspective of sexual minority youth, and it highlights that computerised therapies can be successfully modified for groups traditionally under-served by mainstream mental health interventions.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 43969
Depositing User: Mathijs Lucassen
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 14:46
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2019 14:58
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43969
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