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Development of guidelines for adults on how to communicate with adolescents about mental health problems and other sensitive topics: a Delphi study

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posted on 2024-06-17, 14:28 authored by JA Fischer, CM Kelly, BA Kitchener, AF Jorm
There is little evidence-based information available to guide adults in the general community on communicating effectively with adolescents about mental health problems or other sensitive topics. The Delphi methodology was used to develop guidelines to fill this evidence gap. An online questionnaire containing potential guideline statements was developed following a literature search and input from two focus groups. Two expert panels (Youth Mental Health First Aid instructors and young consumer advocates) rated the questionnaire over three rounds, according to whether or not they believed that the statements should be included in the guidelines. Results were analyzed by comparing endorsement rates between the panels. Of the 175 statements presented, 80 were rated as essential or important by ≥90% of both panels and were included in the guidelines. The Delphi process has offered an effective way to achieve consensus between expert panels on useful tips to help adults communicate with adolescents.

History

Journal

SAGE Open

Volume

3

Pagination

1-15

Location

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Open access

  • Yes

eISSN

2158-2440

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, The Authors

Issue

4

Publisher

SAGE Publications