Adolescents’ Continuum and Categorical Beliefs, Help-seeking Intentions, and Stigma Towards People Experiencing Depression or Schizophrenia
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
The present study investigated the relationships between continuum and categorical beliefs, stigma, and help-seeking in response to vignettes depicting depression and schizophrenia. Participants were 193 adolescents aged 13-18 years. Results showed no relationships between continuum beliefs and stigma or help-seeking intentions for the depression vignette when controlling for other predictors. Stronger categorical beliefs were associated with greater social distance, and endorsement of dangerousness, avoidance, and fear. For the schizophrenia vignette, higher continuum beliefs predicted lower prognostic pessimism, social distance, and stigmatising attitudes. Surprisingly, continuum beliefs predicted greater intentions to not seek help. Categorical beliefs were associated with greater prognostic pessimism, social distance, and stigmatising attitudes. Future research is needed to explore the effect of continuum belief interventions on adolescent mental health stigma.
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