Logging into therapy: parent attitudes and intentions to use computer-based therapies for youth mental health

Sweeney, Grace M. and Donovan, Caroline L. and March, Sonja and Laurenson, Sandra D. (2015) Logging into therapy: parent attitudes and intentions to use computer-based therapies for youth mental health. Internet Interventions, 2 (4). pp. 437-445.


Objectives: The first aim of this study was to describe parental attitudes towards and intentions to access,
computer-based therapies for youth mental health problems. The second aim was to assess parental factors (demographic and clinical factors, personality, technology factors, mental health knowledge and attitudes, and knowledge of computer-based therapies) predicting attitudes and intentions to access computer-based therapies for youth.

Method: Three hundred and seventy-three Australian parents completed an online survey measuring: demographics; mental health service experience; personality; technology factors; mental health knowledge and attitudes; perceived benefits, problems, and helpfulness of computer-based therapies; and intentions to access services.

Results: Approximately 50% of parents reported accessing support for their child's mental health, yet only 6% had
used a computer-based therapy. The majority of parents strongly endorsed all benefits of computer-based therapies, and appeared relatively less concerned by potential service problems. Computer-based therapies were perceived as somewhat to extremely helpful by 87% of parents and 94% indicated that they would utilise a computer-based therapy if their child required support and one was offered to them. Parental knowledge of computer-based therapies significantly predicted perceived helpfulness (ΔF = 19.23 (1301), p = b.001) and intentions to access (ΔF=10.91 (1288), p=.001) computer-based therapies, above that of parent demographic characteristics, clinical factors, and engagement with technology.

Conclusions: Australian parents hold positive attitudes to the use of computer-based therapies.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 05:55
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 04:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer-based therapy; parent; attitude; child; adolescent
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.invent.2015.11.001
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28515

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