Young people and mental health: novel methods for systematic review of research on barriers and facilitators

Oliver, S., Harden, A., Rees, R., Shepherd, J., Brunton, G. and Oakley, A. (2008) Young people and mental health: novel methods for systematic review of research on barriers and facilitators. Health Education Research, 23, (5), 770-790. (doi:10.1093/her/cym038). (PMID:17984295).


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This paper describes how barriers to, and facilitators of, good mental health amongst young people (11-21 years) were elucidated from a systematic review of studies of young people's views and how these barriers and facilitators were compared with effectiveness studies to identify effective and appropriate interventions, promising interventions needing further evaluation and the need for further intervention. All studies were published before 2000. No clear pattern for effectiveness emerged in terms of mental health promotion focus, the type of intervention, intervention provider or young people. Well-evaluated interventions neither always target what we know young people themselves see as important barriers to their mental health (for instance, loss of friends and family, violence and bullying) nor always build on what they see as key facilitators, particularly their preferred coping strategies. In particular, while young people see material and physical resources as major influences on their mental health, few evaluated interventions targeted these. Rigorously evaluated interventions more often addressed priorities not raised by young people themselves and populations at low risk for mental health problems. These innovative review methods can inform intervention development and evaluation in a new way based on the strengths and needs identified by the target population.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/her/cym038
ISSNs: 0268-1153 (print)
1465-3648 (electronic)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine
ePrint ID: 183089
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2008Published
5 November 2007Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2011 10:54
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:36

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