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Do digital health interventions improve mental health literacy or help-seeking among parents of children aged 2-12 years? A scoping review

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posted on 2019-08-08, 00:00 authored by D Peyton, H Hiscock, Emma SciberrasEmma Sciberras
© 2019 The authors and IOS Press. This article is published online with Open Access by IOS Press and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0). Background: Digital Health Interventions (DHIs) can improve mental health literacy (MHL) and help-seeking behaviour in teens and adults. However, it is unclear whether DHIs improve parental MHL, help-seeking behaviour or access to mental health services for their children. Objective: To perform a scoping review of DHIs aiming to improve MHL, help-seeking behaviour or access to mental health services among parents of 2-12-year-olds with behavioural and emotional problems (BEP). Method: A search of Ovid MEDLINE found four original articles meeting inclusion criteria. Results: One of the four articles was a randomised controlled trial, which showed a significant improvement in some measures of MHL, but no change in help-seeking attitudes. The other three studies evaluated interventions, in uncontrolled pre-test and post-test evaluations, on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder knowledge. Two of these studies showed a significant change in ADHD knowledge. There was no consistency in MHL measures between studies. Conclusions: There is preliminary evidence that DHIs may improve MHL in parents of children with BEP. How this translates to help seeking, access to mental health services or improved outcomes is unknown.



Studies in health technology and informatics




156 - 161


IOS Press


Amsterdam, Netherlands







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C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2019, The authors and IOS Press