Young Men, Mental Health, and Technology: Implications for Service Design and Delivery in the Digital Age
Louise A Ellis, Philippa Collin, Tracey A Davenport, Patrick J Hurley, Jane M Burns, Ian B Hickie
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: Young men are particularly vulnerable to suicide, drug, and alcohol problems and yet fail to seek appropriate help. An alternative or adjunct to face-to-face services has emerged with widespread uptake of the Internet and related communication technologies, yet very little evidence exists that examines the capacity of the Internet to engage young men and promote help seeking. OBJECTIVE: To explore young people's attitudes and behaviors in relation to mental health and technology use. The aim was to identify key gender differences to inform the development of online mental health interventions for young men. METHODS: A cross-sectional online survey of 1038 young people (aged 16 to..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
The survey was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP0883035). The authors wish to thank the respondents who took part in this study and the youth-serving organizations that helped distribute the survey.