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

Sweeney, Grace M. and Donovan, Caroline L. and March, Sonja and Forbes, Yvette (2016) Logging into therapy: adolescent perceptions of online therapies for mental health problems. Internet Interventions.

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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
Additional Information: Available online 24 Dec 2016. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2018 06:39
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 04:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: eHealth, attitudes, computer therapy, online, adolescent, services, mental health
Fields of Research : 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
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.2016.12.001
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33698

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