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Exploring the treatment acceptability of anxiety services among adolescents Thauberger, Erika


The current study sought to explore adolescents’ perceptions of different anxiety services, and the treatment acceptability of those services. Personal characteristics such as mental health history, mental illness stigma, and mental health literacy, and their impact on treatment acceptability ratings were also explored. An analog methodology was employed. Participants were presented with a vignette of a student with anxiety, and descriptions of five different mental health services (classroom teacher support, school counsellor support, mental health counsellor support, psychiatrist support, and internet counsellor support). Participants completed the Children’s Intervention Rating Profile, which is a treatment acceptability scale, for each of the five service options. Participants also answered an open-ended question about their preferred treatment option. Results of a series of repeated measures ANOVA’s showed that there was a significant difference in the treatment acceptability ratings among the five service options. Specifically, classroom teacher, school counsellor, and mental health counsellor support were rated significantly higher than psychiatrist or internet counsellor support. Mental illness stigma was significantly positively correlated with mental health counsellor and psychiatrist support treatment acceptability ratings. Participants endorsed mental health counsellor support as their overall preferred service option. Some themes from the open-ended question that emerged were therapeutic approach, anonymity, time commitment, and previous treatment experience.

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