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Title: Mental Health Literacy of Depression and Postnatal Depression: A Community Sample
Contributor(s): Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid ; Loi, Natasha  (author)orcid ; Moulynox, Anna  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.4236/ojd.2014.33014Open Access Link
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Abstract: Purpose: The present experimental study examined mental health literacy of postnatal depression (PND) in an Australian community sample. Method: Five hundred and twenty Australians (427 females) participated in an experimental study. Participants were randomly presented with one of three vignettes describing a "depressive" episode and then completed an online questionnaire examining mental health literacy and the capacity to recognise PND and its risk factors as well as the ability to source appropriate information. Results: Generally, the ability to recognise PND and the overall mental health literacy of the sample were high. Causation, however, was often misattributed to biological or environmental/social factors. PND recognition was found to be significantly affected by perception of the attachment relationship presented in two of the vignettes. Conclusions: Perception of attachment impacts PND recognition and this may negatively impact help-seeking behaviours.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Open Journal of Depression, 3(3), p. 101-111
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 2169-9674
Field of Research (FOR): 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920209 Mental Health Services
920205 Health Education and Promotion
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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