Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors associated with outpatient mental health services among adolescents
by Maldonado, Yuli Karen, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 64; 1527727
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore the association between adolescent characteristics, community factors and mental health. This was achieved by completing a quantitative study analyzing secondary data obtained from a mental health agency in Orange County, California, and an online database, City-Data.com. The results rendered a statistically significant relationship between age and those who had the presenting problem of depression, relational problems, and poor coping. A statistically significant relationship between females and poor coping was also revealed. The most interesting finding, however, was the statistically significant relationship between presenting problems in relation to their community factors. Both poverty levels and educational attainment less than high school among the residents in the communities where these adolescents live were associated with depression and relational problems. The findings of this study are beneficial in identifyirig the need for further research regarding the relationship between educational attainment and mental health.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santhiveeran, Janaki
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Adolescents, Community factors, Educational attainment, Mental health, Outpatient, Poverty
Publication Number: 1527727
ISBN: 978-1-303-92582-5
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