Are health beliefs related to adherence among adolescents with mood disorders?

Michelle R. Munson, Jerry E. Floersch, Lisa Townsend

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This study explored the illness perceptions, attitudes towards mental health services and adherence behaviors among a group of adolescents in treatment for mood disorders in an urban city in the United States. Seventy adolescents completed a battery of questionnaires assessing demographics (e.g., gender, family income), perceptions of illness (e.g., consequences, treatment control) and overall attitudes towards mental health services. Adolescents and their parents also reported on the youth's adherence to both psychotropic medication and mental health appointments. Simultaneous logistic regression analyses revealed that attitudes and family income made a significant and unique contribution in explaining adolescents' adherence behaviors. Interventions that help adolescents become aware of their attitudes toward mental health services and provide information on dimensions of mood disorders, such as the chronic nature of depression and the effectiveness of treatment, may impact adherence behavior. Also, among a group of families with access to services, yearly family income remained a significant barrier to attending appointments all of the time. Policy implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-416
Number of pages9
JournalAdministration and policy in mental health
Volume37
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2010

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Mood Disorders
Mental Health Services
Health
Appointments and Schedules
Adolescent Behavior
Mental Health
Parents
Logistic Models
Regression Analysis
Demography
Depression
Therapeutics

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy

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Are health beliefs related to adherence among adolescents with mood disorders? / Munson, Michelle R.; Floersch, Jerry E.; Townsend, Lisa.

In: Administration and policy in mental health, Vol. 37, No. 5, 09.2010, p. 408-416.

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