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J Adolesc. 2006 Apr;29(2):225-39. Epub 2005 Jul 5.

Adolescent mental health literacy: young people's knowledge of depression and help seeking.

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  • 1Shore School, Australia.


This study examined the mental health literacy of a group of adolescents, with particular reference to their ability to recognize symptoms of depression in their peers. Respondents were 202 Australian adolescents (122 males, 80 females) aged 15-17 years. Their mental health literacy was examined through a questionnaire that presented them with five scenarios of young people. Respondents showed a mixed ability to correctly recognize and label depression, although they were able to differentiate depressed and non-depressed scenarios in terms of severity and expected recovery time. Results are discussed in light of findings from adult mental health literacy and clinical implications.

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