Young people with mental health problems are often excluded from their peer group; however, research has not specifically explored their peers’ explanations for this exclusion. Drawing on data from group interviews with Irish adolescents (N = 148), this study explores the reasons offered for rejecting young people with mental health problems. Such reasons include perceived violation of expectations of friendships, and perceived social and personal risks to members of the peer group. The implications of these findings for the development of interventions to combat the stigma of mental health problems are discussed.
O’Driscoll, Claire, Heary, Caroline, Hennessy, Eilis, and McKeague, Lynn. (2015). Adolescents’ Explanations for the Exclusion of Peers With Mental Health Problems – An Insight Into Stigma. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30, 710-728.