Internet-based mental health services in Norway and Sweden: characteristics and consequences
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Original versionAndersen, A. J. W., & Svensson, T. (2011). Internet-based mental health services in Norway and Sweden: characteristics and consequences. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-9. doi: 10.1007/s10488-011-0388-2
Internet-based mental health services increase rapidly. However, national surveys are incomplete and the consequences for such services are poorly discussed. This study describes characteristics of 60 Internet-based mental health services in Norway and Sweden and discusses their social consequences. More than half of the services were offered by voluntary organisations and targeted towards young people. Professionals answered service users’ questions in 60% of the services. Eight major themes were identified. These characteristics may indicate a shift in the delivery of mental health services in both countries, and imply changes in the understanding of mental health.
Published version of an article in the journal: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Also available from the publisher at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10488-011-0388-2