‘Living in an alternative reality’: adolescents’ experiences of psychiatric inpatient care
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2011 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 150–157, September 2011
How to Cite
Haynes, C., Eivors, A. and Crossley, J. (2011), ‘Living in an alternative reality’: adolescents’ experiences of psychiatric inpatient care. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16: 150–157. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00598.x
- Issue published online: 1 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2011
- Accepted for publication: 17 August 2010 Published online: 23 February 2011
- psychiatric inpatient care;
Background: To date minimal research has investigated adolescent psychiatric inpatient care from a service-user perspective.
Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 adolescents with experience of psychiatric inpatient care. Interviews were analysed using the grounded theory method (Glaser & Strauss, 1967).
Results: A core category, ‘Living in an Alternative Reality’, reflected the unusual nature of the hospitalisation experience. Adolescents reported feelings of restriction and disconnection and used various relational and practical strategies to cope with hospitalisation.
Conclusions: Results suggest that psychiatric hospitalisation can cause strong affective reactions in adolescents, and may affect psychological constructs such as identity and self-esteem.