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ERIC Number: EJ1064467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Mental Health Literacy and Help-Giving Responses in Irish Adolescents
Byrne, Sadhbh; Swords, Lorraine; Nixon, Elizabeth
Journal of Adolescent Research, v30 n4 p477-500 Jul 2015
This study assessed mental health literacy in Irish adolescents (N = 187), and explored participants' help-giving responses toward hypothetical depressed peers. Participants read five vignettes, each describing an adolescent experiencing a life difficulty; two of the characters met "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (4th ed., DSM-IV) criteria for depression. The majority of participants could not identify depression or potential suicidality, but felt concerned for the depressed characters' well-being. Most participants stated they would provide help if they were the depressed characters' friends. Correct identification of depression did not influence the type of help offered. A significant proportion of participants did not mention engaging an adult's assistance, and assessing for suicidality was not mentioned by any participant. Gender differences were found in mental health literacy and the type of responses offered. Education that emphasizes the importance of informing an adult and assessing for suicidal risk is recommended.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland