Youth Perspectives on the Mental Health Treatment Process: What Helps, What Hinders?
Summerhurst, C., Wammes, M., Wrath, A., & Osuch, E. (2017). Youth Perspectives on the Mental Health Treatment Process: What Helps, What Hinders? Community Mental Health Journal, 53(1), 72-78. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10597-016-0014-6
In this study we explored adolescent perceptions of what was most helpful and most challenging about mental health treatment for mood and/or anxiety disorders. Youth seeking treatment at the First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program were recruited to participate in a follow-up survey about their experiences of mental health care services. Responses to two open-ended questions were analyzed for emerging themes and differences between age groups and gender. Males were more likely to report therapy as being helpful than females, 16–18 year olds were more likely to report medication as a challenge to treatment, and 19–26 year olds were more likely to report accessing services as a challenge to treatment. Understanding what helps and what hinders treatment-seeking youth can guide both clinical treatment and service delivery models for this population.