Improving Young People’s Mental Health? Understanding Ambivalence to Seeking Support Among Young Adults With Asperger Syndrome

Edmund Coleman-Fountain, Bryony Beresford

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Abstract

Mental health is a ‘wicked problem’ that requires understanding the views and experiences of different social groups. Young people concerned about the stigma of being a ‘mental health service user’ are one such group. This chapter provides another perspective by exploring how young people with Asperger syndrome make sense of mental distress and how, in turn, this may influence help-seeking behaviors. It examines how mental distress is framed as an integral and enduring part of Asperger syndrome. It also explores how a rhetoric of self-reliance is linked to an ambivalence to using mental health services which, in turn, is affected by poor experiences of support at a young age.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Management of Wicked Problems in Health and Social Care
EditorsWill Thomas, Anneli Hujala, Sanna Laulainen, Robert McMurray
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter13
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781351592536
ISBN (Print)9781138103627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2018

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