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Research Report: Mental Health

By Michelle R. Davis — October 02, 2006 1 min read
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“Youth and Mental Health Stigma” is available from Harris Interactive.

Young people appear to have a greater understanding of physical illnesses and how to seek treatment than of mental illnesses, according to a survey by a market research company in collaboration with a mental-health research group.

The survey of 1,318 children and teenagers ages 8 to 18 found that about three in four young people recognized asthma as a physical illness, but only about half recognized depression as a mental illness.

Conducted by Harris Interactive in partnership with the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health, based at Portland State University in Portland, Ore., the survey also found that a child with depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is more likely to be socially shunned than one who has asthma.

A version of this article appeared in the October 04, 2006 edition of Education Week

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