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Youth Perspectives on the Mental Health Treatment Process: What Helps, What Hinders?

2017

Youth Perspectives on the Mental Health Treatment Process: What Helps, What Hinders?

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In this study we explored adolescent perceptions of what was most helpful and most challenging about mental health treatment for mood and/or anxiety disorders. Youth seeking treatment at the First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program were recruited to participate in a follow-up survey about their experiences of mental health care services. Responses to two open-ended questions were analyzed for emerging themes and differences between age groups and gender. Males were more likely to report therapy as being helpful than females, 16 – 18 year olds were more likely to report medication as a challenge to treatment, and 19 – 26 year olds were more likely to report accessing services as a challenge to treatment. Understanding what helps and what hinders treatment-seeking youth can guide both clinical treatment and service delivery models for this population.

Summerhurst, C., Wammes, M., Wrath, A., & Osuch, E. (2017). Youth perspectives on the mental health treatment process: what helps, what hinders? Community Mental Health Journal, 53(1), 72-78.

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