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
O'Sullivan, Shaunagh
Nearchou, Finiki
Hennessy, Eilis
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Date: Jul-2017 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 literacyAdolescenceDepressionYouth mental healthHelp-seeking
DOI: 10.5296/jet.v4i2.10287
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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