Hronis, A, Roberts, R, Roberts, L & Kneebone, I 2020, 'Potential for children with intellectual disability to engage in cognitive behaviour therapy: the parent perspective.', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, vol. 64, no. 1, pp. 62-67.View/Download from: Publisher's site
BACKGROUND:This study aimed to obtain the opinions of parents and carers of children with intellectual disability (ID) as to whether cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) could be useful for their children. METHODS:A mixed qualitative and quantitative method was employed. Twenty-one carers of children aged 10 to 17 having borderline to moderate intellectual functioning responded to an online questionnaire. Participants were provided with information about CBT and asked to respond to open-ended questions. Quantitative data pertained to questions about their child's ability to identify and describe thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Thematic analysis of responses was conducted using an inductive method of identifying themes from the qualitative data collected. RESULTS:Five themes emerged from the qualitative analysis: Emotional Attunement (i.e. parent's understanding and recognition of their child's emotions), Role of the Therapist (i.e. ways therapists could facilitate the intervention), Role of the Parent (i.e. ways parents could engage in the therapy process), Anticipated Obstacles (i.e. what may get in the way of the therapy) and Suggested Adaptations for Therapy (i.e. how CBT can be adapted to suit the needs of children with ID). Seventy-six per cent agreed that their child would be able to engage in CBT with assistance. CONCLUSIONS:The majority of parents believed that CBT is an intervention that children with ID could engage in, provided the therapy is adapted, and the therapist accommodates their needs.
Hronis, A, Roberts, R, Roberts, L & Kneebone, I 2019, 'Fearless Me!A (c): A feasibility case series of cognitive behavioral therapy for adolescents with intellectual disability', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 75, no. 6, pp. 919-932.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Hing, N, Russell, AMT & Hronis, A 2018, 'A definition and set of principles for responsible consumption of gambling', International Gambling Studies, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 359-382.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Responsible consumption of gambling (RCG) is now a major paradigm driving industry, government and public health measures that aim to prevent or minimize gambling-related harm. This is reflected in the pervasive message to 'gamble responsibly'. However, few attempts have been made to define the concept or identify its foundation principles, resulting in substantial ambiguity over what RCG means and its essential characteristics. This study addresses this void by synthesizing findings from a systematic literature review, website analysis and online survey of 107 experts–to develop a set of underlying principles and a definition of RCG. These tasks were facilitated by the reasonably consistent principles found to underpin RCG in the three data sources, despite wide variations in how the construct has previously been defined. Thus, the set of principles of RCG developed in this study (affordability, balance, informed choice, control, enjoyment, harm-free) should attract wide acceptance, as should the definition given that it combines and summarizes these principles. Adopting a consistent definition and set of RCG principles will provide a basis for developing consistent guidelines for consumers, offer direction for public health efforts for gambling harm minimization, and inform government policies and industry measures aiming to support safe gambling.
Hronis, A, Roberts, L & Kneebone, I 2018, 'Assessing the confidence of Australian mental health practitioners in delivering therapy to people with intellectual disability', Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 202-211.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© AAIDD. Research supports the use of psychological therapies among people with mild to moderate intellectual disability (ID). One barrier to people with ID accessing psychological treatments is the confidence of mental health practitioners. This article explores the confidence of Australian clinicians in providing therapy to people with ID. One hundred and fifty-two psychologists and counselors in Australia completed a survey exploring self-reported confidence when working with clients who have ID and mental health difficulties. Clinicians were most confident with generic counseling skills, but less confident with elements of assessments and interventions. The use of treatment protocols was endorsed as helpful particularly among those with low confidence. This highlights the need for dissemination of treatment guides and training to help increase clinician confidence.
Hing, N, Russell, AMT & Hronis, A 2017, 'What Behaviours and Cognitions Support Responsible Consumption of Gambling? Results from an Expert Survey', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 1320-1341.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. This study analysed expert views on (1) the adequacy of the current promotion of responsible gambling, (2) the practicality and worth of developing an evidence-based set of responsible gambling consumption behaviours and cognitions and (3) the relative importance of behaviours and cognitions promoted as supporting responsible consumption of gambling. Experts (N = 107) rated the importance of 61 behaviours and cognitions, distilled from a systematic literature review and content analysis of 30 websites, and grouped into seven categories. Behaviours and cognitions considered most important for problem gamblers related to ensuring gambling is affordable, limiting persistence at gambling, and using help and support. Those for at-risk gamblers related to understanding gambling, ensuring gambling expenditure is affordable, and keeping gambling in balance. For non-problem gamblers, important behaviours and cognitions related to understanding gambling, keeping gambling in balance, and positive motivations for gambling. Current promotion of responsible gambling was considered inadequate. Efforts to develop, validate and promote evidence-based responsible gambling consumption behaviours and cognitions can build on those identified in this research.
Hing, N, Russell, A & Hronis, A 2016, Behavioural indicators of responsible gambling consumption, Melbourne: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation..