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Predicting adolescents’ future intentions to seek help for mental health problems.
Youth Studies Australia (2011)
  • Coralie J Wilson, University of Wollongong
Abstract

This study examined whether high school students’ current symptoms of general psychological distress, self-rated social problem-solving skills, and recent help-seeking experiences predict their future intentions to seek help for a mental health problem. At Time 1, 98 high school students, aged 12-17 years, completed the study self-report survey that included measures of psychological distress, social problem-solving skill, and recent help-seeking behaviour. At Time 2, three weeks later, the same students completed measures of help-seeking intentions. Students with more severe levels of distress symptoms at Time 1 had lower intentions to seek help for a mental health problem at Time 2. Problem-solving skills that were rated as effective and recent help-seeking behaviour (Time 1) predicted higher global intentions to seek help from specific sources such as family, friends, doctors, or counsellors (Time 2). Students who rated their problem-solving skills as ineffective had the most severe levels of psychological distress symptoms at Time 1 and the highest intentions to not seek help from anyone for a mental health problem at Time 2. Implications for intervention strategies are discussed and several questions for further research are suggested.

Keywords
  • adolescents,
  • mental health,
  • problem solving,
  • help-seeking,
  • help-negation
Publication Date
2011
Publisher Statement
Wilson, C. J., & Deane, F. P. (2011). Predicting adolescents’ future intentions to seek help for mental health problems. Youth Studies Australia, 30(1), 27-33.
Citation Information
Coralie J Wilson. "Predicting adolescents’ future intentions to seek help for mental health problems." Youth Studies Australia Vol. 30 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/fdeane/167/