Measuring mental health literacy - a review of scale-based measures

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O'Connor, Matt, Casey, Leanne and Clough, Bonnie. 2014. "Measuring mental health literacy - a review of scale-based measures." Journal of Mental Health. 23 (4), pp. 197-204. https://doi.org/10.3109/09638237.2014.910646
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Measuring mental health literacy - a review of scale-based measures

ERA Journal ID40036
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsO'Connor, Matt (Author), Casey, Leanne (Author) and Clough, Bonnie (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Mental Health
Journal Citation23 (4), pp. 197-204
Number of Pages8
Year2014
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0963-8237
1360-0567
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3109/09638237.2014.910646
Abstract

Background: Mental Health Literacy (MHL) has become an important concept in the literature; however, quantitative research on MHL methodology has been limited.

Aims: This review identified peer-reviewed papers investigating MHL, assessed psychometric attributes of scale-based measures of MHL, and the extent that studies assessed the attributes that define MHL.

Method: A comprehensive review of the literature was conducted to identify measures which generate a total MHL or subscale score was also conducted. A total of 13 studies were identified and their psychometric attributes determined using the Consensus-based Standards
for the Selection of Health Measurement Instruments (COSMIN). The extent to which each measure assessed the attributes of MHL was also determined.

Results: Results showed that included studies failed to report detailed information about the sample, measure development and testing to demonstrate the psychometric properties of their tool.

Conclusion: There are substantial limitations in current ability to measure MHL and there is significant scope for the development and evaluation of psychometrically robust measures that assess the relevant attributes of MHL. Further research could also focus on the adequacy
of the current definition of MHL.

Keywordsmental health, mental health literacy, measure, psychometric
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
420313. Mental health services
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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