A Systematic Mapping Review of Family Perspectives About Received Mental Health Interventions

Caroline Walters, Melissa Petrakis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Purpose: Families experience their own journey in adjusting to the role of carer. The purpose of this review was to understand from the perspective of families and carers which practices, and health system responses meet their needs in supporting people who experience mental health challenges. Methods: A systematic evidence mapping review was conducted, through searching five electronic databases to identify peer-reviewed studies, written in English and published between the years 2010 and 2020, that prioritized the perspectives of families. Results: Fifty-five studies met the inclusion criteria and were mapped according to the country of author, year, methodology, who delivered, and intervention mode and format. Discussion: The review demonstrated a diversity of interventions with growing numbers of studies considering the view and experiences of carers. There is evidence of increasingly active participation of carers in designing, leading, or facilitating interventions, recognizing the importance of coproduction in tailoring family and carer support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • caregiver
  • family carers
  • family intervention
  • field of practice
  • literature review
  • mapping review
  • mental health
  • systematic review

Cite this