Difficult to Improve Teens’ Impression of Mental Health
While everyone seems to agree that adolescents often have a negative opinion of mental illness — a perception that prevents many teens from obtaining the care they need — the means to overcome the dilemma remains elusive.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve note that the relative dearth of data regarding stigma in this age group makes tackling the topic particularly tough.
Not only is adolescent mental health stigma rarely studied, but even less is known about the accuracy of measures used to assess it.
Melissa Pinto, Ph.D., R.N., KL2 Clinical Research Scholar and an instructor of nursing at the university’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing comments: “We need to find a reliable and valid way to measure the presence of stigma associated with mental illness among adolescents.”
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on June 8, 2012