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ERIC Number: EJ1063054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Evaluating Mental Health Literacy and Adolescent Depression: What Do Teenagers "Know?"
McCarthy, John; Bruno, Michelle; Fernandes, Teresa E.
Professional Counselor, v1 n2 p133-142 2011
The prevalence of depression increases markedly during adolescence, yet many youth are not receiving the support that they need. One factor that has been speculated as contributing to low rates of care is a lack of mental health literacy about depression and viable sources of support. This pilot study focused on mental health literacy as it relates to adolescent depression and suicidality and represented a pseudo-replication of Burns and Rapee (2006). Overall, participants (N = 36) in this study were able to differentiate depressed vignettes from non-depressed vignettes and identify common symptoms of depression in their assessments. Also, sources of optimal help identified by participants varied upon the perceived degree of seriousness of the difficulties. Such results offer implications regarding the potential benefit of including adolescents in a more direct way when providing outreach or offering services.
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Adolescents, Mental Health, Vignettes, At Risk Persons, Suicide, Psychological Patterns, Young Adults, Questionnaires, Well Being, Coping, Coding, Youth Problems, Statistical Analysis, Help Seeking, Family Role, Counselors, Friendship, Teacher Role, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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