Journal article

Causes and risk factors for common mental illnesses: the beliefs of paediatric hospital staff in the United Arab Emirates

Shameran Slewa-Younan, Thomas P Nguyen, Nabeel Al-Yateem, Rachel Cathrine Rossiter, Walter Robb

International Journal of Mental Health Systems | BMC | Published : 2020


Background: Children and adolescents with chronic physical health conditions are vulnerable to poor mental health outcomes. The measurement of mental health literacy of health professionals working with such populations is important because of their role in promoting early and appropriate help-seeking. This study sought to determine the beliefs regarding the causes of and risks factors for three types of mental illnesses amongst health professionals in United Arab Emirates. Method: A culturally validated mental health literacy survey presenting three vignettes of fictional characters meeting diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder, depression with suicidal thoughts and psychosi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by AL Jalila Foundation, United Arab Emirates. The funding body had no role in the design of the study, the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, and in writing the manuscript.