Reducing adolescents' perceived barriers to treatment and increasing help-seeking intentions: Effects of classroom presentations by general practitioners

  • Wilson C
  • Deane F
  • Marshall K
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Abstract

The Building Bridges to General Practice ({BBGP)} program is an outreach initiative. It aims to reduce young peoples’ perceived knowledge- and belief-based barriers to engaging in treatment and to increase their behavioral intentions to consult a general medical practitioner ({GP)} for physical and psychological problems. By increasing intentions, the {BBGP} program aims to increase actual consultations with a {GP} for both types of problem. A quasi-experimental nested design was used to evaluate the effect of the intervention in three Australian high schools. A Treatment group (n = 173, M = 16 years) and Comparison group (n = 118, M = 15 years) completed questionnaires of perceived barriers, intentions and self-reported consultations with a {GP.} Questionnaires were completed 1 week before the intervention, 5 then 10 weeks post-intervention. The Treatment group, but not the Comparison group, showed reductions in perceived barriers over time, increased intentions to consult a {GP} for psychological problems and a significant correlation between intentions and subsequent {GP} consultations. Results support the utility of the intervention for improving adolescents’ beliefs, intentions and behavior related to consulting a {GP} for physical and psychological problems.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Barriers
  • Health promotion
  • Help seeking
  • Quasi-experimental evaluation

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