GPs' role in the detection of psychological problems of young people: a population-based study.

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_142DE10B7E88
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
GPs' role in the detection of psychological problems of young people: a population-based study.
Périodique
British Journal of General Practice
Auteur(s)
Mauerhofer A., Berchtold A., Michaud P.A., Suris J.C.
ISSN
1478-5242[electronic]
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2009
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
59
Numéro
566
Pages
308-314
Langue
anglais
Résumé
BACKGROUND: Among young people, about one in three females and one in five males report experiencing emotional distress but 65-95% of them do not receive help from health professionals. AIM: To assess the differences among young people who seek help and those who do not seek help for their psychological problems, considering the frequency of consultations to their GP and their social resources. DESIGN OF STUDY: School survey. SETTING: Post-mandatory school. METHOD: Among a Swiss national representative sample of 7429 students and apprentices (45.6% females) aged 16-20 years, 1931 young people reported needing help for a problem of depression/sadness (26%) and were included in the study. They were divided into those who sought help (n = 256) and those who did not (n = 1675), and differences between them were assessed. RESULTS: Only 13% of young people needing help for psychological problems consulted for that reason and this rate was positively associated with the frequency of consultations to the GP. However, 80% of young people who did not consult for psychological problems visited their GP at least once during the previous year. Being older or a student, having a higher depression score, or a history of suicide attempt were linked with a higher rate of help seeking. Moreover, confiding in adults positively influenced the rate of help seeking. CONCLUSION: The large majority of young people reporting psychological problems do not seek help, although they regularly consult their GP. While young people have difficulties in tackling issues about mental health, GPs could improve the situation by systematically inquiring about this issue.
Mots-clé
Access To Health Care, Adolescence, Mental Health, Physician-Patient Relationship, Mental-Health-Services, Help-Seeking Behavior, Adolescents, Adults, Child, Consultation, Prevalence, Distress, Models, Needs
Pubmed
Web of science
Open Access
Oui
Création de la notice
05/10/2009 13:54
Dernière modification de la notice
20/08/2019 12:42
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