“I wouldn't even know what to do,” Adolescent and Parent Perspectives on Identifying, Understanding, and Seeking Help for Adolescent Depression

Heather Stuckey, Elizabeth A. Hivner, Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, Alissa M. Molinari, Heather J. Costigan, Deepa L. Sekhar

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Abstract

Within the context of a randomized clinical trial (RCT) of school-based depression screening, the study objective was to understand parent and adolescent perspectives on school-based depression screening and barriers to help-seeking for adolescent depression. From May-Nov. 2019, separate focus groups were held with adolescents (8 groups, n = 52) and parents (6 groups, n = 36). Two coders individually coded 20% of transcripts to establish interrater reliability (adolescent k = 0.76 and parent k = 0.80). Remaining transcripts were then separately coded and reviewed to develop three themes: (1) Both recognized depression as a serious issue that needed to be addressed in schools, but had confidentiality and communication concerns; (2) Both parents and adolescents believed the majority of adolescents would seek help with depression from friends more than any other source; and (3) Neither adolescents nor parents could clearly describe steps to take if their peers (adolescents) or adolescents (parents) were depressed. We intend to address identified barriers and concerns in the context of the larger RCT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPsychiatric Quarterly
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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