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Reducing adolescents' perceived barriers to treatment and increasing help-seeking intentions: Effects of classroom presentations by General Practitioners.
Journal Youth and Adolescence (2008)
  • Coralie J Wilson, University of Wollongong
Abstract

The Building Bridges to General Practice (BBGP) program is an outreach initiative (written by the first author). It aims to reduce young peoples’ perceived knowledge- and belief-based barriers to engaging in treatment and to increase their behavioral intentions to consult a general medical practitioner (GP) for physical and psychological problems. By increasing intentions, the BBGP program aims to increase actual consultations with a GP for both types of problem. The current paper is the first of a series that report results from a larger multi-cite research project, developed and led by the first author, which examines the impact of BBGP in different locations and delivered by different mental and medical health professionals. In the current paper, a quasi-experimental nested design was used to evaluate the effect of the intervention in three Australian high schools. A Treatment group (n = 173, M = 16 years) and Comparison group (n = 118, M = 15 years) completed questionnaires of perceived barriers, intentions and self-reported consultations with a GP. Questionnaires were completed one week before the intervention, five then ten weeks post-intervention. The Treatment group, but not the Comparison group, showed reductions in perceived barriers over time, increased intentions to consult a GP for psychological problems and a significant correlation between intentions and subsequent GP consultations. Results support the utility of the intervention for improving adolescents’ beliefs, intentions and behavior related to consulting a GP for physical and psychological problems.

Keywords
  • adolescents,
  • mental health,
  • help-seeking,
  • intervention,
  • general practice
Publication Date
2008
Publisher Statement
Wilson, C. J., Deane, F. P., Marshall, K. L., & Dalley, A. (2008). Reducing adolescents' perceived barriers to treatment and increasing help-seeking intentions: Effects of classroom presentations by General Practitioners. Journal Youth and Adolescence, 37(10), 1257-1269. DOI: 10.1007/s10964 -007-9255-z.
Citation Information
Coralie J Wilson. "Reducing adolescents' perceived barriers to treatment and increasing help-seeking intentions: Effects of classroom presentations by General Practitioners." Journal Youth and Adolescence Vol. 37 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/fdeane/159/