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Mental health literacy among Malaysian youth: exploring multidisciplinary perspectives


Hamzah, Siti Raba’ah and Othman, Intan Nur Suhana and Musa, Siti Nur Syuhada and Mukhtar, Firdaus and Akim, Abdah and Hamzah, Mohammad Rezal (2022) Mental health literacy among Malaysian youth: exploring multidisciplinary perspectives. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 12 (7). 358 - 369. ISSN 2222-6990


The study aimed to explore the opinions of multi-field Malaysian experts on mental health literacy towards youth. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven Malaysian experts from psychiatry, clinical psychology, mental health education, and social work. A mixed deductive-inductive thematic analysis was used in the analysis of the qualitative data. The comprehensive view of mental health literacy that emerged from the interviews included i) ability to recognise specific disorders ii) knowledge of how to seek mental health information iii) knowledge of self-treatment and professional help iv) attitude that promotes recognition, v) stigma, and vi) appropriate help-seeking behaviour. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first qualitative study of experts' views of mental health literacy in the context of Malaysian culture. The experts' responses to the interviews generated a comprehensive view of mental health literacy, including several elements that may be salient in Malaysian culture. The results have implications for researchers and practitioners.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.6007/IJARBSS/v12-i7/14257
Publisher: Human Resource Management Academic Research Society
Keywords: Mental health literacy; Youth; Knowledge; Attitude; Behaviour; Culture
Depositing User: Ms. Che Wa Zakaria
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2023 20:34
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2023 20:34
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/101845
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