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ERIC Number: EJ785832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Teenagers' Attitudes about Seeking Help from Telephone Crisis Services (Hotlines)
Gould, Madelyn S.; Greenberg, Ted; Munfakh, Jimmie Lou Harris; Kleinman, Marjorie; Lubell, Keri
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v36 n6 p601-613 Dec 2006
The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes toward the use of telephone crisis services (hotlines) among 519 adolescents in 9th through 12th grade mandatory health courses in six high schools in New York State. Few adolescents (2.1%) used hotlines and negative attitudes were stronger toward hotlines than they were toward other formal sources of help. The most common reasons for hotline non-use related to feelings of self-reliance and shame. Objections to hotlines were strongest among students most in need of help by virtue of impaired functioning or feelings of hopelessness. The results underscore needed outreach efforts to youth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York