Adolescents' beliefs about sources of help for ADHD and depression

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Title: Adolescents' beliefs about sources of help for ADHD and depression
Authors: Swords, Lorraine
Hennessy, Eilis
Heary, Caroline
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Date: Jun-2011
Online since: 2013-04-02T11:43:25Z
Abstract: The peer group begins to become a source of support during late childhood and adolescence making it important to understand what type of help young people might suggest to a friend with an emotional or behavioral problem. Three groups of young people participated in the study with average ages of 12 (N=107), 14 (N=153) and 16 years (N=133). All participants were presented with vignettes describing fictional peers, two of whom had symptoms of clinical problems (ADHD and depression) and a third comparison peer without symptoms. Results indicate that all participants distinguished between clinical and comparison vignette characters and they believed that the characters with clinical symptoms needed help. The 16-year-olds were more likely to differentiate between the two clinical vignettes in terms of the type of help suggested. The results are discussed in light of previous research on adolescents' understanding of sources of help for mental health problems.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Journal of Adolescence
Volume: 34
Issue: 3
Start page: 485
End page: 492
Copyright (published version): 2010 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Mental healthHelp seekingMental health literacyADHDDepression
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.06.002
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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