Journal article

Health e-Cards as a Means of Encouraging Help Seeking for Depression Among Young Adults: Randomized Controlled Trial

Daniel L Costin, Andrew J Mackinnon, Kathleen M Griffiths, Philip J Batterham, Anthony J Bennett, Kylie Bennett, Helen Christensen

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is a need to identify interventions that increase help seeking for depression among young adults. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to evaluate a brief depression information intervention employing health e-cards (personalized emails containing links to health information presented on a Web page). METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was carried out with 348 19- to 24-year-olds drawn from the community. Participants were randomized to receive one of three conditions, all of which delivered a short series of health e-cards. Two active conditions involved the delivery of depression information designed to increase help-seeking behavior and intentions and to improve beliefs and knowled..

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