Healthy minds for country youth : help-seeking for depression among rural adolescents

Hernan, Andrea, Philpot, Benjamin, Edmonds, Anne and Reddy, Prasuna 2010, Healthy minds for country youth : help-seeking for depression among rural adolescents, Australian journal of rural health, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 118-124.

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Title Healthy minds for country youth : help-seeking for depression among rural adolescents
Author(s) Hernan, Andrea
Philpot, Benjamin
Edmonds, Anne
Reddy, Prasuna
Journal name Australian journal of rural health
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 118
End page 124
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 1038-5282
1440-1584
Keyword(s) barrier
doctor
mental health literacy
other health professional
young people
Summary Objective: To assess depression recognition, barriers to accessing help from health professionals and potential sources of help for depression among rural adolescents.

Design:
Cross-sectional survey.

Setting: Two rural secondary schools in south-east South Australia.

Participants:
Seventy-four secondary school students aged 14 to 16 years.

Main outcome measure(s): Depression recognition was measured using a depression vignette. Helpfulness of professionals, barriers to seeking help and help-seeking behaviours for depression were assessed by self-report questionnaire.

Results: Depression was identified in the vignette by 73% (n = 54) of participants. Participants indicated that it would be more helpful for the vignette character to see other health professionals (98.6%, 95% CI, 92.0–100.0%) than a doctor (82.4%, 72.1–89.6%). Barriers to seeking help from doctors and other health professionals were categorised into logistical and personal barriers. Participants agreed more strongly to personal (mean = 2.86) than logistical barriers (mean = 2.67, P < 0.05) for seeing a doctor. Boys and girls responded differently overall, and to personal barriers to seeing an other health professional. Sources of help were divided into three categories: formal, informal and external. Informal sources of help (mean = 4.02) were identified as more helpful than both formal (mean = 3.66) and external sources (mean = 3.72, P < 0.001). Gender differences were observed within and between the three sources of help categories.

Conclusions: Recognising symptoms of depression was demonstrated in this study. Helpfulness of professionals, barriers to seeking help and potential sources of help for depression were identified. More work is required for improving depression literacy and providing effective interventions specifically for rural adolescents.
Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920506 Rural Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, The Authors.
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