Development of a measure of social inclusion for arts and mental health project participants

Secker, Jenny and Hacking, Sue and Kent, Lyn and Shenton, Jo and Spandler, Helen (2009) Development of a measure of social inclusion for arts and mental health project participants. Journal of Mental Health, 18 (1). pp. 65-72. ISSN 1360-0567

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Background: Promoting the social inclusion of mental health service users is a UK policy priority, but the development of outcome measures in this area is at an early stage. Aim: To develop a social inclusion measure for use in a study assessing the outcomes of arts participation for people with mental health needs. Method: Concept and question development based on literature review, national and European surveys and results of a survey of arts and mental health projects. Measure piloted with 23 arts participants/service user researchers and field tested with 88 arts project participants returning questionnaires including the social inclusion measure, a measure of empowerment and the CORE mental health measure. Results: Three scales were constructed measuring social acceptance, social isolation and social relations. Internal consistency was good for the individual scales and for the measure as a whole. Correlations with empowerment and CORE scores indicate reasonable predictive power for the population. Conclusions: Tests to date indicate the measure is acceptable and measures relevant concepts with good internal consistency. Test-retest reliability and construct validity are not established and replication is required to confirm internal consistency and establish a normative profile for the population.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Social and political issues, social inclusion
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2012 09:40
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2022 10:49

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