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The impact of mental health literacy on help-seeking intentions : results of a pilot study with first year psychology students

Smith, Coral L. & Shochet, Ian M. (2011) The impact of mental health literacy on help-seeking intentions : results of a pilot study with first year psychology students. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 13(2), pp. 14-20.

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Abstract

Although mental health literacy has been proposed as a factor that may facilitate help-seeking, few studies have examined this relation. This pilot study aimed to investigate the relation between mental health literacy and help-seeking intentions, and to explore which components of mental health literacy may be best able to predict help-seeking intentions. An online questionnaire was completed by a convenience sample of 150 university students enrolled in a psychology unit, aged between 17 and 26 years. A simultaneous multiple regression indicated that higher levels of mental health literacy were able to predict greater intentions to seek help from professional sources. A number of mental health literacy components made a unique and significant contribution to the prediction of help-seeking intentions. The findings of this pilot study indicate that the role of mental health literacy in facilitating help-seeking is a promising area of research.

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ID Code: 48841
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: mental health literacy, help-seeking, young adults
ISSN: 1462-3730
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Clifford Beers Foundation
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2012 09:21
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2012 19:58

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