Young men's attitudes and behaviour in relation to mental health and technology: implications for the development of online mental health services
Louise A Ellis, Philippa Collin, Patrick J Hurley, Tracey A Davenport, Jane M Burns, Ian B Hickie
BMC PSYCHIATRY | BMC | Published : 2013
BACKGROUND: This mixed-methods study was designed to explore young Australian men's attitudes and behaviour in relation to mental health and technology use to inform the development of online mental health services for young men. METHODS: National online survey of 486 males (aged 16 to 24) and 17 focus groups involving 118 males (aged 16 to 24). RESULTS: Young men are heavy users of technology, particularly when it comes to entertainment and connecting with friends, but they are also using technology for finding information and support. The focus group data suggested that young men would be less likely to seek professional help for themselves, citing a preference for self-help and action-ori..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 young men who took part in this study.