The APT study aims to get an impression of the facilitating factors leading to adolescents seeking help for depressive complaints, next to their preferences within treatment options. This study is conducted from GGZ inGeest in cooperation with VU University Amsterdam and several educational institutions (Hogeschool Inholland, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, ROC Midden Nederland en ROC Twente).
According to research, the prevalence of depression peaks during late adolescence and early adulthood creating the highest prevalence in individuals aged 18-25 years old. Despite this, the minority of the adolescents seeks treatment, and if they do, the majority of the adolescents stop their treatment earlier and are less content with their practitioner. There are several reasons for this, such as shame (stigma), not recognising the symptoms or wanting to solve the problem themselves.
The APT study will use qualitative interviews and an online questionnaire (discrete choice experiment) among adolescents aged 16 to 24 years old. Furthermore the study aims to get an impression of the differences in choices within gender, age, education and cultural background.
Ruth Waumans (PhD student) or Siri Kaldenbach (research assistant)