Concerns and hopes among adolescents attending adolescent psychiatric outpatient clinics


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Abstract

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.

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