Date of Award

Summer 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Dr. Patricia Warner, Ph.D.

Dr. Tammy Gilligan, Ph.D.

Dr. Ashton Trice, Ed.D.

Abstract

The lack of mental health services received by adolescents is a continual concern. There has been less research on adolescents in regards to mental health in comparison to adults. There are many barriers that contribute to this lack of service, one main area being stigma. The current study used semi-structured individual interviews with ninth graders to explore adolescent’s views including their knowledge toward mental health, knowledge about mental disorders, their preferred helping sources, and their overall attitudes towards seeking mental health services. Additionally, a cultural perspective was examined. The adolescent’s responses reflected basic knowledge regarding mental health. The majority held positive views towards others receiving services. Furthermore; in regards to seeking services, many were more likely to seek help from a trusted adult. Additional results are noted within the discussion. Conclusions from this study may help mental health professionals better understand adolescent’s mental health views in order to best meet their needs academically, socially, and emotionally.

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