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ERIC Number: EJ924101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Adolescents' Beliefs about Sources of Help for ADHD and Depression
Swords, Lorraine; Hennessy, Eilis; Heary, Caroline
Journal of Adolescence, v34 n3 p485-492 Jun 2011
The peer group begins to become a source of support during late childhood and adolescence making it important to understand what type of help young people might suggest to a friend with an emotional or behavioral problem. Three groups of young people participated in the study with average ages of 12 (N = 107), 14 (N = 153) and 16 years (N = 133). All participants were presented with vignettes describing fictional peers, two of whom had symptoms of clinical problems (ADHD and depression) and a third comparison peer without symptoms. Results indicate that all participants distinguished between clinical and comparison vignette characters and they believed that the characters with clinical symptoms needed help. The 16-year-olds were more likely to differentiate between the two clinical vignettes in terms of the type of help suggested. The results are discussed in light of previous research on adolescents' understanding of sources of help for mental health problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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