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Title: Mental health literacy and mental health in at-risk populations
Author: Wood, Susan
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis explores mental health literacy (MHL) and mental health difficulties in at-risk populations. Young people, particularly males, are vulnerable to the onset of mental health difficulties, failing to access support and increased risk of suicide. Supporting people with mental health difficulties and improving prognosis is an important area of public health concern. Chapter one is a systematic review of gender differences in MHL of young people (ages 12-25 years). 14 studies were identified and critically assessed. The nature of gender differences in MHL of young people is complex but most consistently reported in depression. Females tended to have higher levels of MHL than males. The implications for public health interventions and future research are discussed. Methodological components of MHL research, such as the use of case vignettes are also considered. Chapter two is a qualitative research study of male professional footballers’ lived experiences of mental health difficulties and help-seeking using interpretative phenomenological analysis. One superordinate theme emerged from the data; Survival. This is discussed through six subordinate themes and alongside existing literature pertaining to identity, transition, personality and emotional development. The clinical implications of the findings are discussed, as well as suggestions for future research. Chapter three is a reflective paper considering the use of Cognitive Analytic Therapy as a tool for reflexivity in qualitative research. The opportunities and limitations of this approach are considered, alongside reflections on the research process.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RA Public aspects of medicine