Evaluation of a Website to Improve Depression Literacy in Parents of Healthy Adolescents

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Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Status

Completed

Conditions

Depression in Adolescence
Depressive Disorder

Treatments

Other: General information about depression

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT05326178
20116_2

Details and patient eligibility

About

The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of the website "ich bin alles" (https://www.ich-bin-alles.de/) to improve depression literacy (knowledge about depression, which aid the recognition, treatment or prevention of depression) in parents of healthy adolescents without a mental health condition. The investigators will examine whether the website improves depression literacy in parents of adolescents aged 12 to 18 years without a mental health condition. The investigators will also assess the acceptability of the website among the participants.

Full description

Few young people with major depressive disorder seek professional treatment in time. Concerns about social stigma, confidentiality, and limited knowledge about mental health conditions, such as depression, or mental health services are some of the main barriers to seek treatment. Increasing parents' knowledge about and attitude towards depression and mental health in childhood and adolescence is important to sensitize parents and increase their awareness towards depression and mental health in their children. These aspects might play a crucial role for parents to support their children's mental health, notice potential depressive symptoms in their children, react appropriately and take action if necessary. To address these issues and to contribute to knowledge gain in this target group, we developed an evidence-based website "ich bin alles" with two separate sub-websites for (1) adolescents (https://www.ich-bin-alles.de/) and (2) parents (…../eltern) to improve depression literacy in these groups. To improve depression literacy in parents, the website provides general information for parents about depression in childhood and adolescence (e.g., symptoms, causes, course and treatment of depression). Furthermore, the website provides information about strategies for parents on how to support their children if they are affected by depression and on appropriate prevention strategies; i.e., strategies for promoting mental health (e.g., providing a healthy environment, reducing stress, undertaking positive activities, positive parenting), which are meant to serve as an addition to professional treatments of depression or to promote mental health in adolescents. Target groups of the website are parents of adolescents aged 12 to 18 years with a history of depression, as well as parents of healthy adolescents aged 12 to 18 years. Easy access to information about depression would make early recognition of depression more likely and engage parents to help their children to seek help for depression. Since the website targets two different groups, the investigators will evaluate the website accordingly: Target group 1: Parents of adolescents with a major depressive disorder (acute or remitted) Target group 2: Parents of healthy adolescents (without a mental health condition) The current study will focus on target group 2. A study focusing on target group 1 can be found in a separately registered clinical trial on clinicaltrials.gov. The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of the website "ich bin alles" (https://www.ich-bin-alles.de/) to improve depression literacy in parents of healthy adolescents without a mental health condition.

Enrollment

34 patients

Sex

All

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • The absence of a current or remitted diagnosis of any psychiatric disorder in the participants' children is assessed using a semi-structured clinical interview: the "Kinder-DIPS". The Kinder-DIPS is a well-established German interview for the diagnosis of a wide range of axis I psychiatric disorders in children from ages six to 18.

Exclusion criteria

  • Insufficient knowledge of German

Trial design

Primary purpose

Other

Allocation

N/A

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

34 participants in 1 patient group

General information about depression
Experimental group
Description:
Exposure to general information about depression
Treatment:
Other: General information about depression

Trial contacts and locations

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