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Adolescence. 1998 Summer;33(130):469-76.

Effects of a unit of instruction in mental health on rural adolescents' conceptions of mental illness and attitudes about seeking help.

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  • 1Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette 70504, USA.

Abstract

The present study investigated the effects of a unit of instruction in mental health on rural adolescents' conceptions of mental illness and their attitudes about seeking professional help for emotional problems. Forty students enrolled in a rural Mississippi high school participated. Twenty were designated as the treatment group and twenty served as the control group. Results indicated that scores on both dependent variables (attitudes about seeking professional help and conceptions of mental illness) increased significantly for the treatment group and, further, these scores did not decrease significantly when the students were tested again twelve weeks later. The findings are discussed in the context of educating rural youth about mental illness with the express purpose of removing the stigma associated with the help-seeking process.

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