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Mental health literacy as a predictor of mental health outcomes in Irish college students

O'Brien, Karla (2020) Mental health literacy as a predictor of mental health outcomes in Irish college students. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Mental health literacy is the recognition of, attitudes towards and knowledge of mental health difficulties. Often associated with help-seeking behaviours and wellbeing in adolescents and adults, this study instead examines mental health literacy levels as a predictor for positive mental health outcomes in a group of college students in Ireland. Data was collected from 75 Irish college students, who received their secondary education in Ireland. Demographics regarding age, gender, year and field of study were gathered in addition to perceived general wellbeing, levels of mental health literacy and overall levels of depression, anxiety and stress.
Results of a three-step hierarchal multiple regression conducted on the variables of year of study, wellbeing and mental health literacy levels on the criterion variable of depression, anxiety and stress indicated that year of study had no statistical significance on depression, anxiety and stress outcomes. However, while year of study provided no statistical significance to the model, mental health literacy levels did tend towards statistical significance for depression, anxiety and stress, wellbeing on the other hand, accounted for 70% of the variance of depression, anxiety and stress outcomes. The results of this study suggest that while mental health literacy may be important, it is general wellbeing that is highly correlated predicts depression, anxiety and stress outcomes in college aged students in Ireland.
Keywords: mental health literacy, depression, anxiety, stress, mental health outcomes, adolescents, wellbeing, stigma, warwick-edinburgh, mental health literacy scale, intervention, DASS

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 10:34
Last Modified: 24 May 2021 10:34

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