Concerns and hopes among adolescents attending adolescent psychiatric outpatient clinics

Katriina Anttila, Minna Anttila, Marjo Kurki, Heli Hätönen, Mauri Marttunen, Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki

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Background: Mental disorders affect the well-being of adolescents. This study aims to describe adolescents' concerns and hopes from their own perspective when referred to adolescent psychiatric outpatient treatment. Method: The qualitative data consisted of adolescents' (n = 70) short essays gathered using the Depis. Net Internet program and analyzed with inductive thematic analysis. Results: The adolescents described their concerns and hopes regarding their relationships, daily actions, identity, and well-being. Conclusions: Adolescents share their concerns and find solutions if they find a safe channel to do so. Professionals should find new ways to help adolescents share their life experiences and information technology may be a promising tool.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-88
Number of pages8
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety
  • Concerns
  • Depression
  • Hopes
  • Mental disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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