My Ph.D. research explores parents’ and adolescents’ support-giving intentions toward a young person showing signs of depression. The study is quantitative in nature, involving the participation of over 600 young people and over 200 parents from across the Leinster region of Ireland.
The study uses the Theory of Planned Behaviour (Ajzen, 1991) as a framework. Factors being measured include empathy, previous experience supporting an individual with mental health difficulties, contact with individuals with mental health difficulties, mental health literacy, as well as attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioural control (all specifically in the context of provision of mental health support). Part of the study also involved the development of the Intentions to Provide Mental Health Support Scale and initial reliability and validity analyses.