An exploration of mental health literacy in relation to depression in secondary school pupils
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|Title:||An exploration of mental health literacy in relation to depression in secondary school pupils||Authors:||Doyle, Ericka
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9587||Date:||Jul-2017||metadata.dc.date.available:||2019-01-09T09:36:26Z||Abstract:||Mental Health Literacy (MHL) refers to knowledge and beliefs about mental health problems. Although mostly studied in adult samples, it has been associated with help-seeking intentions and health service use in adolescents. The aim of the present study was to explore depression MHL and its association with help seeking intentions in a sample of adolescent participants (n = 235, 135 males) from the final three years of secondary school (mean = 16.6 years, SD = .65) in Ireland. Knowledge of depression and help-seeking intentions were measured using vignettes and self-report instruments. Findings show that the majority of adolescents recognised that a combination of depression symptoms constituted a serious mental health problem. However, they demonstrated very low MHL levels on specific symptoms such as somatic pains.The finding of restricted knowledge of depression symptoms, indicates a need for targeted interventions to improve MHL, and specifically of symptoms of depression.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Macrothink Institute||Journal:||Journal of Education and Training||Volume:||4||Issue:||2||Copyright (published version):||2017 the Authors||Keywords:||Mental health literacy; Adolescence; Depression; Youth mental health; Help-seeking||DOI:||10.5296/jet.v4i2.10287||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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