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Prevalence of†trauma in†an†Australian inner city mental health service consumer population


Phipps, M and Molloy, L and Visentin, D, Prevalence of trauma in an Australian inner city mental health service consumer population, Community Mental Health Journal, 55, (3) pp. 487-492. ISSN 0010-3853 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10597-018-0239-7


This study examined the rates and types of trauma reported by consumers utilising an inner city mental health service in Sydney, Australia. The study also explored whether consumers felt that it had been helpful to be asked about their experience of trauma, whether they thought that these questions should be asked routinely and if they wanted to talk about these experiences. Ninety-one consumers from an inner city mental health service were assessed. Eighty-eight percent of the consumers assessed reported that they had experienced at least one traumatic event, while 79% reported having experienced two or more events. A majority of consumers identified that they thought it was helpful to be asked about trauma and that it should be part of an assessment. However, less than one-third of these consumers surveyed wanted to talk about the trauma at the time of assessment. Concerns that clinicians may have in regards to addressing trauma in mental health assessment are not matched by consumersí expressed beliefs on the issue.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health, health services, risk factors
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Visentin, D (Dr Denis Visentin)
ID Code:126333
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-06-05
Last Modified:2019-05-06

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