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Keywords:

  • Computer;
  • therapy;
  • CBT;
  • attitudes;
  • children;
  • adolescents;
  • young people;
  • parents

Background:  There has been little research examining attitudes towards computerised therapy in young people.

Method:  A self-report survey of 37 young people and 31 parents using Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Results:  Young people reported high levels of computer usage and online help-seeking behaviour. Young people were cautious about computerised therapy whereas parents were more positive, identifying more benefits than concerns.

Conclusions:  Mental health professionals need to be aware of young people’s online help-seeking behaviour in order to correct inaccuracies and maximise uptake of computerised therapy.