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Swords, L,Hennessy, E,Heary, C
2011
June
Journal Of Adolescence
Adolescents' beliefs about sources of help for ADHD and depression
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Mental health Help seeking Mental health literacy ADHD Depression MENTAL-HEALTH LITERACY PSYCHOLOGICAL-PROBLEMS CHILDRENS PERCEPTIONS PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS YOUNG AUSTRALIANS PEER REACTIONS PREVALENCE CHILDHOOD BEHAVIORS CONCEPTIONS
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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. (C) 2010 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI 10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.06.002
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