Research Projects 2013


Research into the causes and effects of depression is an important part of our mission.
Aware has identified 6 research opportunities for 2013 .

Project 1: The Daily Biological and Psychological Experience of Living with Major Depression.
Project 2: Transition from Child and Adolescent to Adult Mental Health Services in Ireland.
Exploring the Experiences of Young People and their Families
Project 3: An Examination of the Factors that Contribute to Relationship Satisfaction in Older Adults.
Project 4: How Attending the Living Life to the Full (Life Skills) Program Impacted on the Lives of the
Participants.
Project 5: A Brief Evaluation of the ‘Beat the Blues’ Programme Presented to Secondary School Students.
Project 6: Exploring Mental Health Service Users experiences of stigma when seeking physical/medical care.

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Project 1
Title: The daily biological and psychological experience of living with major depression.
About: The research team, headed by Prof. Kevin Malone, is exploring the real-life emotions and experiences of individuals with and without depression and the effect that these day-to-day experiences have on biological systems (such as stress hormones and the immune system) and overall physical health.
Contact: If you are interested in this study, please contact Eimear Crowe at:depressionstudy@ucd.ie or phone (01) 221-3351.
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Project 2
Title: Transition from Child and Adolescent to Adult Mental Health Services in Ireland. Exploring the Experiences of Young People and their Families
About: UCD and Lucena Clinic Dublin are currently conducting a study investigating young people’s and parents’ experiences of moving from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mental health services. The aim of the research is to identify what helps and also what acts as a barrier to a successful move from child to adult mental health services.
Contact: If you are interested in this study please contact Dr. Niamh McNamara by phone on: (01) 499-9350 or email: niamh.mcnamara@ucd.ie
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Project 3
Title: An examination of the factors that contribute to relationship satisfaction in older adults.
About: The research, being carried out at NUI Galway by doctoral student Kate Burke, will examine romantic relationships of people over 60. Participants in the study should also either be in a relationship or have been in one in the past 10 years. The premise of the research is that successful relationships are recognised as being beneficial for psychological wellbeing and physical health.
Contact: If you are interested in this study please contact Kate Burke or Michael Hogan , NUI, Galway by phone on: (091) 49-3455 or email Michael.Hogan@nuigalway.ie
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Project 4
Title: How attending the Living Life to the Full (Life Skills) programme impacted on the lives of the participants.
About: This qualitative based project will involve conducting five semi-structured interviews with participants of the Life Skills course to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences. The interview data findings will be analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) as this is an exploratory study involving the individuals own personal account of their experience as a participant of the course.
Contact: If you are interested in this study please contact: Gavin O´Driscoll by email at: gavin.odriscoll@mindmatterscork.ie or by phone on: 086 4475116
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Project 5
Title: A brief evaluation of the ‘Beat the Blues’ programme presented to secondary school students.
About: The key issues to be explored using with questionaires and focus groups will be; what are students overall attitude towards the programme, what do they feel are the positive and negative aspects of the programme, the nature of perceived benefits of the programme and changes they have found in teacher-pupil relationships since doing the programme, is there translation of learning beyond the classroom into everyday life that is the perceived age-appropriateness of the programme, would young people benefit from this programme at a younger age, recommendations for improving the programme and opinion of the evaluation workshop format. There are also brief questionaires for the facilitators and teachers involved in the programme to see if their opinions match those of the young people receiving the ‘Beat the Blues’ programme.
Contact: If you are interested in this study please contact Joanne Mulholland by email at: joannemulholland3@gmail.com
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Project 6
Title: Exploring Mental Health Service Users experiences of stigma when seeking physical/medical care.
About: People with mental health problems often have physical health problems that go unnoticed. This may be because there is a tendency for health concerns to be confused with, or dismissed as, symptoms or experiences of mental ill health. This can make it difficult for people to report physical problems or get appropriate help as healthcare staff may see it as a mental health problem rather than a physical one.The specific objectives of the study are to:

  • To determine if people with mental health problems experience stigma when seeking or reporting physical/medical problems
  • To explore these experiences of stigma when seeking or reporting physical/medical problems
  • To examine the impact of stigma on help seeking behaviour
Contact: If you are interested in this study please contact Mr. Michael Nash, Assistant Professor in Psychiatric Nursing, Trinity College Dublin by email at: NASHMI@tcd.ie

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*Note that Aware is not carrying out, or paying for, the research: these are academic projects that we are publicising. This involves posting information to our website and making flyers available at our face-to-face support groups. Aware’s Clinical Director has reviewed the proposals and identified them as ethical and appropriate projects to support in this way.

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