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ERIC Number: EJ874974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1063-4266
Development of a Scale to Measure the Empowerment of Youth Consumers of Mental Health Services
Walker, Janet S.; Thorne, Elizabeth K.; Powers, Laurie E.; Gaonkar, Rujuta
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v18 n1 p51-59 2010
Within the field of children's mental health, there is increasing emphasis on the idea that young people who experience mental health difficulties should be encouraged to take an active role in shaping not only their own treatment but also mental health services and systems. The terms "empowerment" and, to a lesser extent, "self-efficacy" have been used to describe consumers' confidence and capacity for taking on this active role. Measures of mental health empowerment and self-efficacy have been developed for adults with mental illnesses and for parents and caregivers of children with serious emotional or behavioral disorders; however, no such measure exists to assess empowerment among youth who themselves experience serious mental health difficulties. This article describes the development of the "Youth Empowerment Scale-Mental Health" and provides initial evidence of its reliability and validity. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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