Journal article

Mental health literacy about schizophrenia: a survey of Portuguese youth

Luis Manuel Jesus Loureiro, Anthony Francis Jorm, Rui Aragao Oliveira, Aida Maria Oliveira Cruz Mendes, Jose Carlos Pereira dos Santos, Manuel Alves Rodrigues, Catarina Sofia Ferreira Sousa



AIM: Mental health literacy about psychotic disorders, specifically schizophrenia, may assist in appropriate help seeking and early intervention, preventing the exacerbation of symptoms and improving health outcomes in the medium and long term. The aim of this study was to characterize the level of mental health literacy of Portuguese youth concerning schizophrenia. METHODS: A mental health literacy questionnaire was administered to a random sample of Portuguese youth aged 14-24 years. This questionnaire evaluated the following components: recognition of disorders, knowledge about professionals and treatments available, knowledge about the effectiveness of self-help strategies, knowledge and..

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Awarded by Portuguese government

Funding Acknowledgements

This study is part of a programme denominated Mental Health Education and Sensitization: A School-based Intervention Program for Adolescents and Young (PTDC/CPE-CED/112546/2009), funded by the Portuguese government and the European Union.