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Type: Journal article
Title: Child and adolescent mental health nursing seen through a social constructionist lens
Author: Rasmussen, P.
Muir-Cochrane, E.
Henderson, A.
Citation: Nurse Researcher, 2015; 23(2):13-16
Publisher: RCNi
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1351-5578
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Philippa Rasmussen, Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Ann Henderson
Abstract: Aim: To discuss the theoretical framework of social constructivism and justify its appropriateness for and compatibility with an interpretive approach to child adolescent mental health (CAMH) nursing research. Background: Recent changes to national nursing legislation in Australia have resulted in the removal of the separate register with regulatory authorities that existed for the specialty of mental health nursing. Aspects of mental health nursing age are not easily defined, with some being tacit. CAMH nursing is a sub-specialty area of mental health in which the role and function of these nurses is also not overtly understood. Data Source: An interpretive research study was designed to develop a deeper understanding of the role and work of CAMH nurses when working in an inpatient setting. Review Methods: An interpretive enquiry methodology was used for the study, with three sequential stages of data collection: document analysis, focus group interviews and semi-structured individual interviews. Discussion: Social constructionism was the chosen theoretical framework for this study as it provided a useful lens for interpreting and understanding the work of the CAMH nurse. Conclusion: The social constructionist lens was simpatico with mental health nursing, as they both involved making meaning of or assessing information and understanding of social processes and interactions. Implications for Research/Practice: A useful lens for further research into mental health nursing practice.
Keywords: Child adolescent mental health nursing; interpretive inquiry; social constructionism; nursing research; qualitative research methods; conceptual framework; theoretical framework
RMID: 0030046837
DOI: 10.7748/nr.23.2.13.s4
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