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Evaluation of a mental health website for teenagers

  • Sukru Ercan (a1), Andrew Kevern (a1) and Leo Kroll (a2)
Abstract
Aim and Method

Ru-ok.com is a recently developed website that includes a self-assessment questionnaire. The aim of this study was to evaluate the website and compare the self-assessment questionnaire with established screening questionnaires. A total of 105 teenagers from schools completed three paper-based questionnaires and the online ru-ok.com questionnaire.

Results

The website receives 730 visits a week. Visits to the advice section and stories about mental health and relationships account for 35% of activity. Of the returned questionnaires, 80% were positive about the website. There were modest and expected correlations between the website questionnaire (RU–OK) and the Mood and Feelings (MFQ) and Strength and Difficulties (SDQ) questionnaires.

Clinical Implications

Internet-based self-assessment is feasible and acceptable to teenagers. Self-assessment of perceived need by teenagers may be a useful tool for tier one professionals, including teachers, general practitioners, school nurses, social workers and learning mentors.

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Evaluation of a mental health website for teenagers

  • Sukru Ercan (a1), Andrew Kevern (a1) and Leo Kroll (a2)
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