Knowing where to look: how to find the evidence you need: psychological health emotional wellbeing and mental health in children and young people

Document type
Guidance
Author(s)
Lavis, Paula
Publisher
YoungMinds
Date of publication
1 October 2008
Subject(s)
Mental health services, Health Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This document is aimed at those who need to find and use evidence to develop and deliver services to support the emotional, psychological and mental health needs of children and young people. The guide offers practical help on how to: construct a searchable question; describe the different types of evidence, explain the differences between them, and point out the pros and cons; find the different types of evidence using a 12-step process; encourage people to think about evidence, analyse and appraise it, and not blindly accept it; think about how to use evidence in routine work; and think about what to do if there is little or no evidence for your situation. The booklet uses a hypothetical question to illustrate how to go about finding evidence, and think through what the evidence means in this context. By using this exemplar you should be able to find evidence to help you with your own queries. A comprehensive range of evidence is identified throughout the document and in the appendices. This will be useful to anyone searching for evidence, but it will be particularly useful to anyone new to children’s emotional, psychological and mental health.

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