Understanding and improving the experience of claiming social security for mental health problems in the west of Scotland: a participatory social welfare study

Ploetner, C., Telford, M., Braekkan, K., Mullen, K., Turnbull, S., Gumley, A. and Allan, S. (2019) Understanding and improving the experience of claiming social security for mental health problems in the west of Scotland: a participatory social welfare study. Journal of Community Psychology, (doi: 10.1002/jcop.22278) (PMID:31730711) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

A growing body of literature links claimant interactions with the UK social security system and negative psychological consequences. Psychologists for social change developed a framework to outline proposed mechanisms of psychological impact from austerity. This codesigned study aimed to make an informed comment on areas of dis(agreement) between the Austerity Ailments framework and how people claiming for mental health problems describe their own experiences. In line with the participatory social welfare design of the study, qualitative analysis was performed by both claimants and academics. The overall findings indicate that existing framework mostly captured claimant experiences. However, some aspects of the claimant experience (particularly social aspects) were not well captured. Claimants were keen to utilise this study as an opportunity to gather claimant ideas on how to improve the system. Therefore, we report their suggestions that may be useful for those designing and improving social welfare systems

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding information: University of Glasgow, Grant/Award Number:200160083
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mullen, Dr Kenneth and Gumley, Professor Andrew and Turnbull, Dr Susan and Allan, Ms Stephanie
Authors: Ploetner, C., Telford, M., Braekkan, K., Mullen, K., Turnbull, S., Gumley, A., and Allan, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Journal of Community Psychology
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0090-4392
ISSN (Online):1520-6629
Published Online:15 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
First Published:First published in Journal of Community Psychology
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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