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Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2011 Jul;16(3):351-64. doi: 10.1177/1359104510366281. Epub 2010 Oct 27.

Developing an interactive website for adolescents with a mentally ill family member.

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  • 1Indigo/GGZ Drenthe, Community Mental Health Centre; University of Groningen, the Netherlands.


Adolescents with a mentally ill parent are at high risk for developing a disorder themselves. It is widely recommended that these adolescents be provided with preventive interventions designed especially for them, but their avoidance of professional help is a common problem. Because most teenagers in Western societies use the World Wide Web as a means of social interaction, use of the Internet for reaching these young people would appear to be a promising option. In this article, the authors describe the development of, an interactive, Internet-delivered, preventive intervention for supporting adolescents with a mentally ill family member. Usage statistics with regard to frequency and duration of visits and amount of activity during visits suggest that: (a) the target group has been better served than before the site was launched; and (b) we have accomplished our goal of expanding the range of support.

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