Strength-based approaches: a realist evaluation of implementation in maternity services in Scotland

Beth Cross, Helen Cheyne

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Strength-based approaches draw on patients' strengths and perspectives to partner with them in their own care, recovery and problem solving. The effectiveness of strength-based approaches to address complex health problems has a growing evidence base leading to its incorporation within universal services in many countries. However, practitioners' understanding of implementation of strength-based approaches, such as how to agenda match, set goals and revise plans within universal services are under-researched. Maternity services are a key point of access to health services and women's experiences of them have consequences for families' future willingness to engage with public health provision. This study researched strength-based components of children's services policy, Getting It Right For Every Child, in maternity care in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-436
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Public Mental Health
Issue number4
Early online date12 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018


  • Midwives
  • Service user views
  • Program evaluation
  • Strength-based approach
  • Complex interventions
  • Getting it right for every child


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