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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

A Model of Mental Health Literacy among Caregivers of Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Christine Davis; Mary Armstrong; Richard Smith

All Authors for this paper: Christine Davis; Mary Armstrong; Richard Smith

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Consumers are becoming more directly involved in the maintenance and promotion of their own health, and in determining the kinds of health care services they receive. For this reason, it is important to understand how consumer knowledge influences behavioral health-care outcomes (e.g., utilization and service quality), and ultimately affects the quality of their health and life. Through a review of the relevant literature and focus groups, our research group defined and created operational measures of behavioral health knowledge and literacy among caregivers of children with serious emotional disturbances and their providers, and is currently working on development of an analytical model for assessing their impact on behavioral health service outcomes and patient health. We have thus far found a suggestive link between consumer mental health literacy and behavioral health outcomes.

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2007

Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM