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Understanding and Promoting Help-Seeking Behaviour for Mental Health Difficulties in Young People: A Qualitative Study

Labuschagne, Kirsty-Louise; (2018) Understanding and Promoting Help-Seeking Behaviour for Mental Health Difficulties in Young People: A Qualitative Study. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Despite mental health difficulties being common and accounting for the highest disease burden in young people, they often do not seek help or support for these difficulties. This thesis focuses on exploring the mental health difficulties and help-seeking behaviour of young people. Part 1 is a systematic review of the literature on time trends in the prevalence of mental health difficulties in young people. Four published studies and four national epidemiological surveys are included in the review. The findings suggest an increase in the burden of reported common mental health difficulties in both males and females over the past 30 years. Various socio-cultural and economic factors such as increased social inequality, internet use, and educational pressures, are suggested to have contributed to the observed increases. However, additional research is needed to explore these further. Part 2 reports a qualitative study exploring, from the perspective of young people, the facilitators and barriers to help-seeking and the potential ways in which an online intervention could support and promote their decisions to seek help. A thematic analysis identified 11 themes within the domains of: socio-cultural ambivalence surrounding mental health, the personal help-seeking process, and online messages and prompts to overcome barriers and support help-seeking. Finally, Part 3 presents a discussion of how the researcher shaped and was shaped by the research process and findings as well as an exploration of the challenging narratives observed in the data.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Understanding and Promoting Help-Seeking Behaviour for Mental Health Difficulties in Young People: A Qualitative Study
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056357
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