Journal article

MAKINGtheLINK: A school-based intervention to improve help-seeking for substance use problems

Dan I Lubman, Ali Cheetham, Bonita J Berridge, Lisa McKay-Brown

EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Many young people are reluctant to seek professional help for alcohol and other substance use problems, preferring to rely on family and friends. MAKINGtheLINK is a school-based intervention that teaches adolescents how to help their peers overcome barriers to engaging with professional help. The current study examined the effect of the MAKINGtheLINK programme in a sample of 12- to 15-year-old students. METHODS: Participants included 247 Grade 8 students (49% male, 51% female) recruited from 3 schools in Victoria, Australia. Participants completed questionnaires measuring barriers to professional help-seeking, help-seeking intentions and confidence to seek help at 3 time points (..

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