Journal article

Beliefs about appropriate first aid for young people with mental disorders: findings from an Australian national survey of youth and parents

Anthony F Jorm, Annemarie Wright, Amy J Morgan

EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the mental health first-aid knowledge and beliefs of young people and their parents. METHODS: A national telephone survey was carried out with 3746 people aged 12-25 years. Interviews were also carried out with 2005 co-resident parents. First-aid knowledge was assessed in response to one of four randomly presented vignettes covering depression, depression with alcohol misuse, social phobia and psychosis (schizophrenia). Young people were asked about first aid in relation to a peer and parents in relation to a child. RESULTS: The potential value of encouraging professional help-seeking was not universally recognized by either young people or adults. In general, positiv..

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