Logging into therapy: Adolescent perceptions of online therapies for mental health problems

Sweeney, Grace M. and Donovan, Caroline L. and March, Sonja ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8425-7126 and Forbes, Yvette (2019) Logging into therapy: Adolescent perceptions of online therapies for mental health problems. Internet Interventions, 15. pp. 93-99. ISSN 2214-7829

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Abstract

Objectives
This study describes adolescent attitudes towards online therapies and explores the factors that predict these attitudes.

Method
Australian adolescents (N = 217) were surveyed on their knowledge of, attitudes towards (including perceived problems, perceived benefits, and perceived helpfulness), recommended availability of, and intentions to use online therapies. In addition, demographic and clinical factors, factors relating to technology use, adolescents' mental health attitudes, and personality traits were also measured.

Results
The findings suggested that 72.0% of adolescents would access an online therapy if they experienced a mental health problem and 31.9% would choose an online therapy over traditional face-to-face support. The most valued benefits of these programs included alleviation of stigma and increased accessibility. Knowledge of online therapies was found to positively predict perceived helpfulness and intended uptake.

Conclusions
This study provides insight into adolescent attitudes towards online therapies and highlights the need to investigate strategies for increasing uptake.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2018 06:39
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2021 02:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: eHealth, attitudes, computer therapy, online, adolescent, services, mental health
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320221 Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2016.12.001
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33698

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