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Table 6 Reformatted Westbrook Mental Health Knowledge Test for Comparison

From: Adolescent mental health education InSciEd Out: a case study of an alternative middle school population

  Pre-test Post-test
Correct Not sure Correct Not sure
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Depression is the same thing as being sad. (F) 11 (78.6) 0 (0.0) 10 (71.4) 1 (7.1)
Mental illness is like other diseases because a person who has it has symptoms that a doctor can diagnose. (T) 6 (42.9) 4 (28.6) 9 (64.3) 2 (14.3)
Individuals who have a family member with a mental illness are more likely to have a mental illness themselves. (T) 8 (57.1) 3 (21.4) 9 (64.3) 2 (14.3)
The brain of a healthy person works the same as that of a mentally ill person. (F) 8 (57.1) 5 (35.7) 11 (78.6) 2 (14.3)
A person who does not get treatment for depression may feel better after a while, but there may be some long-lasting effects. (T) 10 (71.4) 2 (14.3) 9 (64.3) 4 (28.6)
How bad a person’s mental illness is depends on many things, including his or her genes and family environment. (T) 9 (64.3) 4 (28.6) 9 (64.3) 5 (35.7)
A person uses his or her brain to learn, but the heart controls a person’s feelings. (F) 7 (50.0) 5 (35.7) 9 (64.3) 5 (35.7)
Most people with mental illness can do normal things like go to school or work at a job. (T) 12 (85.7) 1 (7.1) 12 (85.7) 2 (14.3)
Treating mental illness can change the way the brain works. (T) 8 (57.1) 5 (35.7) 8 (57.1) 5 (35.7)
People with depression don’t need to see a doctor—they just get over it. (F) 14 (100.0) 0 (0.0) 12 (85.7) 1 (7.1)
Depression is a disease. (T) 2 (14.3) 2 (14.3) 1 (7.1) 2 (14.3)
There are no treatments that work for most mental illnesses. (F) 7 (50.0) 3 (21.4) 8 (57.1) 5 (35.7)
Students and other people who have a mental illness can’t learn. (F) 12 (85.7) 2 (14.3) 13 (92.9) 1 (7.1)
Total knowledge score Mean (SD) Median Mean (SD) Median
  8.14 ± 2.07 8.0 8.57 ± 2.71 9.5
  1. Students improve their mental health knowledge on the Westbrook Mental Health Knowledge Test post-intervention. A detailed percentage breakdown is given here for ease of comparability to previous studies