Sharing Lived Experience - How personal is "personal"?

Posted on 28 May 2014

Calling social work /social care practitioners to take part in a study about rating how "personal" information is. Have our boundaries changed?

Practitioners sometimes share things about themselves with the people they work with; sometimes personal things, sometimes non-personal, everyday things.  But which ones are which?  How personal is “personal”? The International Centre for Mental Health Social Research at the University of York, and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are undertaking research on sharing lived experience by mental health practitioners with service users.  As part of that, we’d like to know how “personal” different types of information are considered to be.  So we are asking volunteers to complete a short questionnaire.

Several other studies have graded disclosures according to how personal the information being shared is.  However, some research suggests views change over time, so it may be the case that people nowadays are more open about themselves, and see information about themselves as less personal than they would have done in the past.   Since there are no studies that have rated disclosures according to how personal they are in the UK, in recent years, with the professionals that the current study is engaging with, it is necessary to construct a new scale.

If you would like to take part, you’ll be asked to rate different things that a practitioner might share with a service user, according to how personal you think they are. 

Practitioners may include community workers, doctors, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and peer mentors, among others. 

If you are involved in social work or social care, whether in mental health services or otherwise, please consider taking part in this survey.  

The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete and you could win a £20 Amazon gift voucher.

You can take part on-line by visiting: bit.ly/socialintimacy

Further information  is available from the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research, through the Chief Investigator, Jonny Lovell, by email: jl1155@york.ac.uk

Or you can check out the blog, where updates about the research on sharing lived experience are posted: www.jonnylovellblog.wordpress.com

 If you would like to take part, you’ll be asked to rate different things that a practitioner might share with a service user, according to how personal you think they are