Journal article

Effect of community members' willingness to disclose a mental disorder on their psychiatric symptom scores: analysis of data from two randomised controlled trials of mental health first aid training

AF Jorm, AJ Mackinnon, LM Hart, NJ Reavley, AJ Morgan

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRIC SCIENCES | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020

Abstract

AIMS: The prevalence of common mental disorders has not declined in high-income countries despite substantial increases in service provision. A possible reason for this lack of improvement is that greater willingness to disclose mental disorders might have led to increased reporting of psychiatric symptoms, thus masking reductions in prevalence. This masking hypothesis was tested using data from two trials of interventions that increased willingness to disclose and that also measured symptoms. Both interventions involved Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, which is known to reduce stigma, including unwillingness to disclose a mental health problem. METHODS: A cross-lagged panel analysis..

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