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Title: Mental health in adolescents : stigma, literacy, and intergroup contact
Author: Chisholm, Katharine
ISNI:       0000 0004 5362 3279
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2014
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Over half of all lifetime mental disorders have their origin in childhood and adolescence, yet many adolescents fail to receive adequate mental health support. Two factors which present barriers to seeking help for mental illness are stigma and a lack of knowledge. Within adult literature, contact with individuals who experience living with a mental illness (intergroup contact) has been successful in improving these. 1109 adolescents took part in a survey which investigated stigma, knowledge, and mental health. Group interviews were conducted to develop an understanding of how adolescents conceptualise mental health. Results from these studies informed the development of a school-based intervention for 11-13 year olds evaluating the use of contact combined with education in a randomised controlled trial. Results were conflicting regarding the use of contact as a means to reduce stigma and promote knowledge and mental health. Contact occurring in naturalistic settings was related to lower stigma and higher knowledge levels. In contrast, the structured contact which took place as part of the intervention was found to significantly reduce impact. Intervention in adolescent populations aiming to reduce stigma, increase knowledge, and promote mental health is needed. Caution is needed regarding the use of contact in adolescent populations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology