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Development of a satisfaction scale for young people attending youth mental health services

Authors

  • Magenta B. Simmons,

    Corresponding author
    1. headspace Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
    • Corresponding author: Dr Magenta B. Simmons, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Locked Bag 10, Parkville, Vic. 3052, Australia. Email: msimmons@unimelb.edu.au

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  • Alexandra G. Parker,

    1. headspace Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
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  • Sarah E. Hetrick,

    1. headspace Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
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  • Nic Telford,

    1. headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Alan Bailey,

    1. headspace Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
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  • Debra Rickwood

    1. headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    2. Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Abstract

Aims

This study aimed to develop a comprehensive measurement tool for assessing client satisfaction at a youth mental health service.

Methods

We developed a scale based on existing scale items and by generating new items, before undertaking revisions and item reduction in consultation with an expert panel composed of researchers, clinicians and consumer representatives. This draft scale was then pilot tested in seven enhanced primary care youth mental health services across Australia.

Results

A total of 215 respondents completed the scale. Cronbach's alpha (α = 0.953) demonstrated excellent internal consistency, and exploratory factor analysis suggested that the scale measures a global construct of satisfaction.

Conclusions

Through a rigorous and participatory process involving key experts, service providers and service users, this study has resulted in the development of a scale that can appropriately measure the level of user satisfaction with youth-friendly early intervention services.

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