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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.5 No.2 pp.63-64

Mental Health Literacy and Depression among Older Adolescent Males

Michelle Bruno1,John McCarthy2,Constance Kramer3
1Indiana University of Pennsylvania
2Indiana University of Pennsylvania
3Indiana University of Pennsylvania
*Corresponding Author : Michelle Bruno, Department of Counseling, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 206 Stouffer Hall, Indiana, PA 15705. USA. Email:
January 23, 2015 February 23, 2015.


This study investigated the mental health literacy regarding adolescent depression among a sample of 12th grade males in the U.S. Mental health literacy was measured by a vignette-based instrument that offered five fictitious case scenarios followed by a series of questions related to symptoms, level of concern, stimated time of recovery, and recommended sources of help. Participants demonstrated a moderate ability to detect depression and predict recovery time, and primary help-seeking recommendations ncluded friends, family, and counselors. Implications related to counseling and prevention programs are discussed.