Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 144–156 | Cite as

Youth’s Help-Seeking Intentions for ADHD and Depression: Findings from a National Survey

  • Junghee LeeEmail author
  • Barbara J. Friesen
  • Janet S. Walker
  • Daniel Colman
  • William E. Donlan
Original Paper


This study investigates the role that youth-level factors play in predicting help-seeking intentions in a nationally representative sample. Eleven help-seeking intentions were examined separately by target conditions (ADHD and depression), gender, race/ethnicity, and self-reported diagnosed/non-diagnosed in respect to the target conditions, and interaction effects were tested. Using factor analysis, a traditional help-seeking scale was created, which captured four help-seeking items, and predictive power of youth-level factors in accounting for traditional help-seeking was tested. Study findings provide practitioners and researchers with fresh evidence on what youth-level factors are associated with which help-seeking intentions, and illustrate the challenges involved in better understanding the complexity of the help-seeking process among youth in the context of ADHD/Depression. With increased understanding of youth’s perceptions and the complexity of their help-seeking behavior, community-based efforts to develop effective strategies that support active help-seeking behavior and eliminate barriers to appropriate care can have a greater likelihood of success.


Help-seeking intentions ADHD Depression Youth-level factors National online survey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Junghee Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbara J. Friesen
    • 2
  • Janet S. Walker
    • 2
  • Daniel Colman
    • 3
  • William E. Donlan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WorkPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.School of Social Work/Pathways Research and Training CenterPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  3. 3.Graduate School of Social ServiceFordham UniversityNew YorkUSA

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