Internet information-seeking in mental health - Population survey
Powell, John and Clarke, Aileen, 1955-. (2006) Internet information-seeking in mental health - Population survey. British Journal of Psychiatry, 189 . pp. 273-277. ISSN 0007-1250Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.105.017319
Background A major use of the internet is for health information-seeking. There has been little research into its use in relation to mental health. Aims To investigate the prevalence of internet use for mental health information-seeking and its relative importance as a mental health information source. Method General population survey Questions covered internet use, past psychiatric history and the 12-item General Health Questionnaire. Results Eighteen per cent of all internet users had used the internet for information related to mental health. The prevalence was higher among those with a past history of mental health problems and those with current psychological distress. Only 12% of respondents selected the internet as one of the three most accurate sources of information, compared with 24% who responded that it was one of the three sources they would use. Conclusions The internet has a significant role in mental health information-seeking. The internet is used more than it is trusted.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Journal of Psychiatry|
|Publisher:||Royal College of Psychiatrists|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Page Range:||pp. 273-277|
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