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Rachel Parker is a researcher based at the Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement in Cardiff University. Her current work centres upon UK public health interventions for adolescent self-harm.
Background Adolescent self‐harm is a major public health concern. To date there is a limited evidence‐base for prevention or intervention, particularly within the school setting. To develop effective approaches, it is important to first understand the school context, including existing provision, barriers to implementation, and the acceptability of...
Abstract: Adolescent self-harm in the UK is a major public health issue, with increasing rates in hospital admissions. Secondary schools are posited as key settings where support could be delivered, but currently UK schools do very little preventative work for adolescent self-harm. In 2016, a large scale consultation by the GW4 Alliance (Bristol, C...
Parker, R. 2018. A small-scale study investigating staff and student perceptions of the barriers to a preventative approach for adolescent self-harm in secondary schools in Wales - a grounded theory model of stigma. Public Health, 159, pp. 8-13. https://www.publichealthjrnl.com/article/S0033-3506(18)30111-2/abstract
OBJECTIVES: Qualitative research and grounded theory analysis of secondary school staff and pupil perceptions about the barriers to preventative work for adolescent self-harm within the secondary school setting in Wales. METHODS: Two secondary schools in Wales were purposefully sampled for variation. Four group interviews took place using qualitati...
Qualitative research and grounded theory analysis of secondary school staff and pupil perceptions about the barriers to preventative work for adolescent self-harm within the secondary school setting in Wales. This paper is a detailed report about the theoretical model of stigma that resulted from the grounded theory analytical process, specifically...
Exposition of the model of an ecological systems-based public health intervention. The intervention targeted the development of protective factors within secondary schools in a UK county, to provide support to meet the needs of the adolescent self-harm population group. The model's intervention theory is built from causal assumptions regarding how...
Self-harm has a strong prevalence within adolescent populations in Europe 1 , and a potent relationship with suicide 2. In the UK, adolescent self-harm hospital admissions are rising each year 3. These statistics reflect the " tip of the iceberg " , with the majority of incidents hidden from public health networks 4. This invisibility creates barri...
This is the model of the intervention theory that informed the design of a complex public health intervention in a UK county (2013 to 2015) to support secondary school pupils at risk of developing initial self-harming behaviours.
Detailed Summary of UK County Adolescent Self-Harm Intervention.
An overview of an innovative early intervention mental health project to be delivered in schools to support secondary school-aged pupils experiencing initial self-harm behaviour. The project was designed to be delivered in schools through a universal intervention model, as a preventative and non-stigmatising approach, and also to ensure targeted su...
A well-being support site to help build psychosocial protective factors within the ongoing pandemic. https://thewellbeingdoc.com/ Further information: https://decipher.uk.net/working-with-youth-mental-health-services-during-covid-19/
1.This project is an outreach-based research project in schools in Wales, and aims to explore the secondary school-based context for the teen self-harm population group, gathering information from staff and 16 year old pupils centred upon the barriers and facilitators to talking about self-harm. 2.This information will then be used to create a theoretical model (of barriers and facilitators), that will be used in future research to help the design of support in schools (such as utilising process evaluation to understand the context in detail) in Wales for teen self-harm. 3. The project aims to create a participatory, needs focussed, community-based research dialogue centred in secondary schools in Wales, within the Welsh policy contexts such as the Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Strategy.
Programme Development of Specific Health Interventions to Promote Health and Well-being of Target Population Group. Interventions include: specialist front-line staff training programme; psychosocial skills training workshops; regular data capture for evidence-based planning and targeted support; resource manual.