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Title: Mental Health Literacy of Australian Rural Adolescents: An Analysis Using Vignettes and Short Films
Contributor(s): Marshall, Jamie (author); Dunstan, Debra  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00048.x
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Abstract: The mental health literacy (MHL) of rural adolescents has rarely been investigated. This study examined the MHL of 122 rural-based adolescents (49 males, 73 females) aged 12-18 years (M = 16, SD = 1) using written vignettes and short films to examine knowledge about depression. For the written vignettes, 68% of the rural adolescents were able to correctly identify someone with depression, which is similar to the findings for metropolitan adolescents; however, knowledge about recovery times and avenues of assistance were below that of their metropolitan peers. Participants were less likely to correctly diagnose depression when suicidal intent was not expressed and when the scenario was presented in the more naturalistic form of a film. This finding raises questions about the place of films and written vignettes in future MHL research.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Psychologist, 48(2), p. 119-127
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1742-9544
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
520303 Counselling psychology
520304 Health psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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