Adolescents are increasingly being diagnosed with depression. Research suggests that client education being included in treatment is beneficial (Brent, Poling, McKain, & Baugher, 1993). Research of specific treatments typically includes client education as part of the design. Further, medical research indicates that educating clients about their illness reduces anxiety before a medical procedure, increases compliance, and leads to better treatment outcomes (Millstein, Nightingale, Petersen, Mortimer, & Hamburg, 1993). However, research that explores what adolescents know about their psychological diagnosis, specifically depression, is lacking. This thesis explores what information adolescents are subjected to in everyday life about depression by reviewing popular magazines, interviewing teachers regarding curriculum, and reviewing textbooks used in high school health classes.
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