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Symptoms of Mental Health Problems: Children's and Adolescents' Understandings and Implications for Gender Differences in Help Seeking

Citation
Hunt K, MacLean A & Sweeting H (2013) Symptoms of Mental Health Problems: Children's and Adolescents' Understandings and Implications for Gender Differences in Help Seeking. Children and Society, 27 (3), pp. 161-173. https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84876133486&doi=10.1111%2fj.1099-0860.2011.00406.x&partnerID=40&md5=6af1f91ac14910c63e1d844cdd2f9716; https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00406.x

Abstract
Amidst concerns that young people's mental health is deteriorating, it is important to explore their understandings of symptoms of mental health problems and beliefs around help seeking. Drawing on focus group data from Scottish school pupils, we demonstrate how they understood symptoms of mental health problems and how their characterisations of these symptoms as 'rare' and 'weird' informed participants' perceptions that peers, teachers and parents would respond to disclosure in stigmatising ways. Consequently, participants suggested that they would delay or avoid disclosing symptoms of mental health problems. We highlight subtle gender and age differences and outline implications for policy and practice. © 2012 National Children's Bureau and Blackwell Publishing Limited.

Journal
Children and Society: Volume 27, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Author(s)Hunt, Kate; MacLean, A; Sweeting, H
Publication date31/12/2013
Publisher URLhttps://www.scopus.com/…3e1d844cdd2f9716
ISSN0951-0605
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