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Discrepancies between parents and adolescents perceived problem severity and influences on help seeking from mental health services

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objectives: Attitudinal and practical barriers prevent many young people who are experiencing mental health problems

    from seeking professional help. The influence of others can help young people to overcome barriers to help seeking.

    Understanding the relative influence of parents and others on the help-seeking decision and the extent of parent–child

    agreement on the severity of the young person’s problems, may be helpful in facilitating intake processes in child and

    adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

    Methods: One hundred and nineteen parent–child (14–18-years-old) dyads attending an initial appointment at a Sydney

    and regional CAMHS completed the parent and youth Strength and Difficulties Questionnaires (SDQs) prior to their

    assessment interview. Parents and children also answered three equivalent questions on sources of influence in their

    decision to access services.

    Results: Ninety-four per cent of young people reported that others had influenced their decision to access help, with

    parents being the strongest influence. Higher levels of parental influence in the help-seeking process were related to

    greater disagreement between parent and child on the severity of the problems. Parent and child ratings of influence

    were related to the severity of externalizing problems.

    Conclusion: The findings are consistent with models that highlight help seeking as a social process involving high

    degrees of influence particularly from parents. Referral sources and clinicians need to be aware of the effects of discrepant

    views between parent and child regarding the presenting problem. To facilitate joint therapy it may be helpful for

    clinicians to address the level of influence involved in having the young person attend their first appointment with parents

    and children.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Wahlin, T. & Deane, F. P. (2012). Discrepancies between parents and adolescents perceived problem severity and influences on help seeking from mental health services. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46 (6), 553-560.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84867679970

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2951

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 553

End Page


  • 560

Volume


  • 46

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Objectives: Attitudinal and practical barriers prevent many young people who are experiencing mental health problems

    from seeking professional help. The influence of others can help young people to overcome barriers to help seeking.

    Understanding the relative influence of parents and others on the help-seeking decision and the extent of parent–child

    agreement on the severity of the young person’s problems, may be helpful in facilitating intake processes in child and

    adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

    Methods: One hundred and nineteen parent–child (14–18-years-old) dyads attending an initial appointment at a Sydney

    and regional CAMHS completed the parent and youth Strength and Difficulties Questionnaires (SDQs) prior to their

    assessment interview. Parents and children also answered three equivalent questions on sources of influence in their

    decision to access services.

    Results: Ninety-four per cent of young people reported that others had influenced their decision to access help, with

    parents being the strongest influence. Higher levels of parental influence in the help-seeking process were related to

    greater disagreement between parent and child on the severity of the problems. Parent and child ratings of influence

    were related to the severity of externalizing problems.

    Conclusion: The findings are consistent with models that highlight help seeking as a social process involving high

    degrees of influence particularly from parents. Referral sources and clinicians need to be aware of the effects of discrepant

    views between parent and child regarding the presenting problem. To facilitate joint therapy it may be helpful for

    clinicians to address the level of influence involved in having the young person attend their first appointment with parents

    and children.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Wahlin, T. & Deane, F. P. (2012). Discrepancies between parents and adolescents perceived problem severity and influences on help seeking from mental health services. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46 (6), 553-560.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84867679970

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2951

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 553

End Page


  • 560

Volume


  • 46

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Australia