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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Predicting AdolescentsÕ Willingness to Seek Help for Mental Illness from Formal vs. Informal Sources

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Session Number: 2000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: AJLANA MUSIC

All Authors for this paper: AJLANA MUSIC; SUSAN McCammon; CHRISTY WALCOTT

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: This study examined factors that influence adolescentsÕ willingness to seek psychological help. It also explored adolescentsÕ knowledge and attitudes toward mental illness. Measures were a questionnaire assessing willingness to seek help, knowledge of mental illness, perceived barriers to help seeking, degree of social support, and prior history of help seeking; the Opinions of Mental Illness Scale (OMI-19); and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS-21). Data analysis revealed that social support and prior history of help seeking were significantly related to willingness to seek help from formal sources. Social support was the only significant predictor of willingness to seek help from informal sources. Lower knowledge was correlated with more negative attitudes about mental illness. Adolescents were more willing to seek help from informal than from formal sources.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

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