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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

The Meaning of Diagnosis: Implications for Clinician-Parent Partnership in Child Mental Health

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Vaishali Patel

All Authors for this paper: Vaishali Patel; Susan dos Reis

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: A qualitative study was undertaken to describe parents' experiences in accessing and providers' experiences in delivering mental health services for children. Interviews with seven parents and seven mental health providers, and a focus group of four parents were conducted. Data were analyzed using grounded theory. Parents search for information regarding their child's diagnosis served as a critical mechanism by which parents navigated through various service systems and coped with their child's illness. Parent and clinician differing perspectives regarding the value and utility of diagnosis is discussed in terms of its implications for improving clinician-parent communication and children's mental health services.


Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presentation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM