Journal article

Age differences in mental health literacy

Louise Farrer, Liana Leach, Kathleen M Griffiths, Helen Christensen, Anthony F Jorm

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The community's knowledge and beliefs about mental health problems, their risk factors, treatments and sources of help may vary as a function of age. METHODS: Data were taken from an epidemiological survey conducted during 2003-2004 with a national clustered sample of Australian adults aged 18 years and over. Following the presentation of a vignette describing depression (n = 1001) or schizophrenia (n = 997), respondents were asked a series of questions relating to their knowledge and recognition of the disorder, beliefs about the helpfulness of treating professionals and medical, psychological and lifestyle treatments, and likely causes. RESULTS: Participant age was coded into f..

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