An exploration of mental health literacy in relation to depression in secondary school pupils

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dc.contributor.authorDoyle, Ericka-
dc.contributor.authorO'Sullivan, Shaunagh-
dc.contributor.authorNearchou, Finiki-
dc.contributor.authorHennessy, Eilis-
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-09T09:36:26Z-
dc.date.available2019-01-09T09:36:26Z-
dc.date.copyright2017 the Authorsen_US
dc.date.issued2017-07-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Education and Trainingen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/9587-
dc.description.abstractMental 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.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMacrothink Instituteen_US
dc.rightsThis article is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).en_US
dc.subjectMental health literacyen_US
dc.subjectAdolescenceen_US
dc.subjectDepressionen_US
dc.subjectYouth mental healthen_US
dc.subjectHelp-seekingen_US
dc.titleAn exploration of mental health literacy in relation to depression in secondary school pupilsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.internal.authorcontactotherniki.nearchou@ucd.ieen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.volume4en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.5296/jet.v4i2.10287-
dc.neeo.contributorDoyle|Ericka|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorO'Sullivan|Shaunagh|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorNearchou|Finiki|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorHennessy|Eilis|aut|-
dc.internal.rmsid825979539-
dc.date.updated2017-10-24T18:16:59Z-
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