Centre for Youth Mental Health - Theses
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Antecedents of incident bipolar disorder in youth
Background: Bipolar disorder (BD) is a serious mental illness characterised by episodes of mania and depression. The disability associated with this disorder and the observation that at least a sub-proportion have a ...
Early psychosis workforce: development of core competencies for mental health professionals working in the early psychosis field
Background: Evidence for early intervention in psychosis has steadily grown over the last 20 years leading to increasing investment in early psychosis service development and a rapidly expanding workforce. Although training ...
An examination on cognitive functioning following a first episode of mania in people treated with lithium and quetiapine monotherapy: a 12-month follow-up study
Cognitive impairments that persist during remission in bipolar disorder have received intensive investigation over the past couple of decades. Nevertheless, the onset and extent of cognitive deficits that occur either prior ...
Suicide prevention in young people
Suicide-related behaviour is a significant problem among young people in Australia. Although the reduction of youth suicide is a national priority there remains a lack of intervention research upon which to base preventative ...
Social inclusion and mental illness
Background: Social inclusion is increasingly recognised as an important contributor to good mental health and greater mental health outcomes, in particular for people with mental illness. Despite increased understanding ...
Affective processes and alcohol use in mid-adolescence
The aim of this thesis was to prospectively examine the role of affective processes in driving mid-adolescent drinking behaviour across multiple stages of use. While previous studies have provided considerable evidence ...
Design and refinement of the MATE program: Mindful Awareness Training and Education: how do young people understand and practise mindfulness?
Background and aims: Young people (aged 15-24) often experience difficulties regulating their emotions. This is thought to be a key mediator of distress and ill health. Improving emotion regulation is an important target ...
The development and evaluation of guidelines and an information website for adult caregivers of adults with bipolar disorder
Background and aim: Bipolar disorder is a challenging and usually chronic illness associated with occupational and social consequences that affect the lives of both the person and those who care for them. Family members ...
Labelling of mental disorders and help-seeking in young people
BACKGROUND: Mental disorders are the most common health problem affecting young people, yet their rates of help-seeking are amongst the lowest. Improving help-seeking rates amongst young people is vital. The labels used ...
Promotion of self-help strategies for sub-threshold depression: an e-mental health randomised controlled trial
Background: Sub-threshold depression refers to clinically relevant depressive symptoms that fall short of a diagnosis of major depression. Sub-threshold depression is very common in the general population, impairs functioning, ...