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Adolescent opinions about reducing help-seeking barriers and increasing engagement.
Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation (2001)
  • Coralie J Wilson, University of Wollongong
Abstract

Effective mental illness prevention programs are important for the safety of youth and adolescents. Research suggests that programs should facilitate appropriate help-seeking by lowering help-seeking barriers. This study used focus groups to obtain high school student opinions about actual help-seeking behaviors, reducing adolescent help-seeking barriers, raising sensitive issues with adolescents, and increasing appropriate help-source engagement. Transcript analysis revealed several themes. Relationship and trust were key approach factors for current help-seeking. Memories of successful prior helping episodes were also important. Education about appropriate help-seeking, presented in ways consistent with those currently used by adolescents (e.g., through peer networks), might reduce help-seeking barriers. Education should include key adults who act as gatekeepers within adolescent networks (e.g., parents and teachers). Assertive outreach and follow-up might be important factors for continued help-source engagement. Themes provide a basis for suggestions about ways to facilitate adolescent help-seeking and maintain appropriate help-source engagement.

Keywords
  • adolescents,
  • opinions,
  • help-seeking,
  • barriers,
  • mental health
Publication Date
2001
Publisher Statement
Wilson, C. J., & Deane, F. P. (2001). Adolescent opinions about reducing help-seeking barriers and increasing engagement. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 12(4), 345-364
Citation Information
Coralie J Wilson. "Adolescent opinions about reducing help-seeking barriers and increasing engagement." Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation Vol. 12 (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cwilson/21/