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Table 1 Means and Standard Deviation of Subscales by Professional Background

From: Mental health professionals’ family-focused practice with families with dependent children: a survey study

Subscales Professional Status Total scores Post Hoc Tests
Psychiatric Nurse (n = 295) Psychologist (n = 17) Social Worker (n = 14) Psychiatrist (n = 12)
Workplace support for family-focused practice 3.88 (1.91)* 3.88 (2.24)* 5.61 (1.19)* 3.21 (1.95)* 3.93 (1.93) 1 < 3, 2 < 3, 3 > 4
Location issues in relation to family-focused practice 3.68 (1.79)* 4.65 (2.14)* 5.25 (1.15)* 3.00 (1.94)* 3.77 (1.83) 1 < 2, 1 < 3, 3 > 4, 4 < 2
Time and workload 3.74 (1.70)* 5.08 (1.54)* 6.07 (0.87)* 3.42 (1.66)* 3.89 (1.74) 1 < 2, 1 < 3, 3 > 4, 4 < 2
Family-focused policy and procedure 3.95 (1.47)* 3.50 (1.47)* 4.79 (0.89)* 2.92 (1.06)* 3.93 (1.46) 1 < 3, 1 > 4, 3 > 2, 3 > 4
Family-focused professional development opportunities 4.28 (1.71)* 5.03 (1.64) 5.43 (1.26)* 4.42 (1.29) 4.73 (1.70) 1 < 3
Coworker Support 3.88 (1.67)* 4.94 (1.21)* 5.43 (1.42)* 4.63 (1.52) 4.03 (1.67) 1 < 2, 1 < 3
Providing support to the family & client for parenting 4.25 (1.41) 3.87 (1.50)* 4.92 (1.02)* 4.57 (0.62) 4.27 (1.39) 3 > 2
Worker confidence in family-focused practice 4.29 (1.66)* 5.29 (1.36)* 5.94 (0.99)* 5.56 (1.11)* 4.46 (1.66) 1 < 2, 1 < 3, 1 < 4
Providing support to family & children 4.60 (1.81)* 4.43 (2.01)* 6.30 (0.60)* 5.11 (1.01) 4.68 (1.79) 1 < 3, 3 > 2
Engaging with family 3.63 (1.48)* 4.20 (1.17) 5.12 (1.18)* 4.17 (0.78) 3.74 (1.47) 1 < 3
Assessing impact of parental mental illness on the child 3.72 (1.83)* 4.79 (1.96)* 4.71 (1.34)* 4.96 (1.15)* 3.86 (1.83) 1 < 2, 1 < 3, 1 < 4
The need for further training 5.28 (1.52) 5.76 (1.29) 5.88 (0.93) 4.85 (1.44) 5.32 (1.50)
Skill and knowledge 4.02 (1.46)* 4.76 (1.51)* 5.30 (0.94)* 5.37 (1.38)* 4.16 (1.48) 1 < 2, 1 < 3, 1 < 4
Service availability 3.61 (1.73)* 5.00 (1.44)* 4.75 (1.47)* 4.54 (1.57) 3.76 (1.74) 1 < 2, 1 < 3
Promoting family connectedness 4.05 (1.67)* 4.59 (1.73) 5.07 (1.42)* 4.75 (1.67) 4.14 (1.67) 1 < 3
Referrals for family members 2.72 (2.01)* 2.74 (2.28)* 4.71 (1.42)* 3.17 (2.27) 2.82 (2.05) 1 < 3, 3 > 2
Inter-professional practice 5.52 (1.32) 5.90 (1.07) 6.11 (0.75) 6.08 (0.79) 5.58 (1.28)
Supporting parenting within context of mental illness 3.14 (1.39)* 2.72 (1.56) 2.37 (0.87)* 1.96 (1.04)* 3.05 (1.39) 1 > 3, 1 > 4
  1. *P < 0.05