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ERIC Number: EJ884205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
Foregone Mental Health Care and Self-Reported Access Barriers among Adolescents
Samargia, Luzette A.; Saewyc, Elizabeth M.; Elliott, Barbara A.
Journal of School Nursing, v22 n1 p17-24 2006
Adolescents forego mental health care in spite of self-perceived needs for services; this presents a significant public health problem. Using data from the 2001 Adolescent Health Care Access Survey of 16-year-olds in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, we assessed barriers to mental health care among the 878 respondents who reported ever needing psychological or emotional counseling. Demographic characteristics were compared among those who had always, had sometimes, or had never received needed mental health care. Overall, 57% of the youths reported foregoing mental health care at least once. Girls and adolescents living with both parents were significantly more likely to have foregone care. Youths identified two common barriers to accessing care: "Thought or hoped the problem would go away" (50%) and "Didn't want parents to know" (36%). School-based interventions should be sensitive to mental health needs, especially among girls and teens living in two-parent families. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota