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ERIC Number: EJ1113675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Mental Health Literacy in Post-Secondary Students
Kutcher, Stan; Wei, Yifeng; Morgan, Catherine
Health Education Journal, v75 n6 p689-697 Oct 2016
Objectives: The transition from high school to college or university is an important time to enhance mental health literacy for young people. This study evaluated the second edition of a resource entitled "Transitions," a comprehensive life-skills resource with embedded mental health information available in book, e-book and iPhone app formats for post-secondary students. Design: In this cross-sectional/one-off study, students' opinions about the impact of the resource were gained through in-person and online surveying. Methods: The survey took place on a local university campus in Canada. Frequencies of responses and sex differences in answers were analysed using Predictive Analytics Software (PASW) 17. In total, 82 students from a large, Canadian research university completed the survey. Results: Reading "Transitions" ("2nd edition") improved student knowledge about and decreased stigma towards mental health and mental illness and increased help-seeking efficacy. There were sex differences in response regarding discussion of the resource with others and help-seeking intentions. Conclusion: Given the positive results of this study conducted at a single university, the resource could potentially be valuable in other post-secondary settings as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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