Year: 2001 Source: Adolescence, v.36, no.142, (Summer 2001), p.249-264 SIEC No: 20021106

This study investigated the willingness of Israeli adolescents to seek help for emotional & health problems, & their preference for various helping agents. 1,415 students participated in a comprehensive survey of attitudes, health status, & concerns. Gender & age were identified as factors associated with help-seeking attitudes. Adolescents in grades 9-10 reported the highest level of distress & were least willing to seek help for interpersonal problems & depressed mood. In subgroups of depressed & suicidal adolescents, an inverse relationship was found between willingness to seek help & levels of depression & suicidal ideation. Recommendations for health care services & counselling programs are discussed. (36 refs)