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dc.contributor.authorSWORDS, LORRAINEen
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-19T14:14:49Z
dc.date.available2011-09-19T14:14:49Z
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.date.submitted2011en
dc.identifier.citationSwords, L, Heary, C, Hennessy, E, Factors associated with acceptance of peers with mental health problems in childhood and adolescence, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52, 9, 2011, 933-941en
dc.identifier.otherYen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/59532
dc.descriptionPUBLISHEDen
dc.description.abstractBackground: Research suggests that children's reactions to peers with mental health problems are related to the maintenance and outcomes of these problems. However, children's perceptions of such peers, particularly those with internalising problems, are neither well researched nor understood. The present study aimed to test a series of models relating socio-demographic and attributional variables to the acceptance of hypothetical boys and girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression. Methods: A sample of 595 participants, drawn from five different age-groups spanning early childhood to late adolescence, completed a booklet of questions in response to two vignettes describing the behaviour of hypothetical target peers with depression and ADHD. The sample was drawn from schools randomly selected in the east of Ireland. Results: The models indicated that age and gender of the participant, and the perceived responsibility of the target character for his/her condition, were the three most important predictors of acceptance in all models. However, the relationship between these variables and acceptance varied depending on the gender of the target child and the condition (depression or ADHD) in the models tested. Conclusions: The findings of the study suggest that the relationships between socio-demographic and attributional variables and acceptance of peers with mental health problems depend on the type of mental health problem under consideration. The findings have implications for the development of information and education programmes to improve the integration of children with mental health problems.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded with a grant from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The authors grateful acknowledge the assistance of all the school, parents and pupils who took part in the research.en
dc.format.extent933-941en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatryen
dc.relation.ispartofseries52en
dc.relation.ispartofseries9en
dc.rightsYen
dc.subjectSocial Policyen
dc.subjectchildhooden
dc.subjectadolescenceen
dc.subjectPeer acceptanceen
dc.subjectmental healthen
dc.subjectADHDen
dc.subjectdepressionen
dc.titleFactors associated with acceptance of peers with mental health problems in childhood and adolescenceen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorIrish Research Council for Science and Engineering Technology (IRCSET)en
dc.type.supercollectionscholarly_publicationsen
dc.type.supercollectionrefereed_publicationsen
dc.identifier.peoplefinderurlhttp://people.tcd.ie/swordslen
dc.identifier.rssinternalid74992en
dc.identifier.rssurihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02351.xen


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