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Evaluating a Sport-Based Mental Health Literacy Intervention in Australian Amateur Sporting Adolescents
Journal of Youth and Adolescence  (IF4.381),  Pub Date : 2021-10-09, DOI: 10.1007/s10964-021-01513-0
Patafio, Brittany, Skvarc, David, Miller, Peter, Hyder, Shannon

Youth amateur sporting environments present an untapped, under-researched, and potentially vital avenue for targeted mental health intervention programs. This study evaluates such an intervention in 12 sporting clubs, comprising of 330 Australian youth aged 12–15 years (M = 13.73, SD = 0.79). Mental health literacy, help-seeking intentions, and help-seeking behaviors were measured throughout the season using a repeated-measures experimental-control design. Multilevel modelling revealed the intervention successfully improved mental health literacy and help-seeking intentions in particular cohorts, such as youth scoring low in these constructs pre-intervention and youth who had not previously received the intervention. This study demonstrates the efficacy of interventions to effect positive change in amateur sporting youth, highlighting a convenient method to improve mental health in young people.