Mental Health Service Use Among Young Adults: A Communication Framework for Program Development

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Research on mental health service engagement has been dominated by attempts to identify determinants of engagement. Such knowledge is important but incomplete. Once identified, program designers need to use evidence-based principles to design programs to bring about changes in the empirically identified determinants. Research is relatively silent on such principles. This article develops a framework to guide program designers’ as they address factors that constrain and/or facilitate engagement. The framework is grounded in communication theory and evidence from related behavioral science research. The literature is summarized and used to generate a check-list of questions to consider when structuring engagement programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-80
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018



  • Communication framework
  • Intervention program development
  • Mental illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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