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Mental health help-seeking

Date of Publication

3-2019

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology Major in Clinical Psychology

Subject Categories

Psychology

College

College of Liberal Arts

Department/Unit

Psychology

Abstract/Summary

Studies have shown that mental health problems have become a growing public health concern. Despite this, a gap still exists in those who need mental health services and those who seek professional help. Although there are many studies on help-seeking, only few have focused on thoroughly examining the strength of relationships among the elements of help-seeking, namely, attitudes, intentions, and actual behavior. To gain an improved understanding of what influences professional help-seeking for mental health concerns, the researcher extended the study by adding variables such as self-reliance and social support. The researcher examined if the indirect influence of attitudes toward help-seeking on actual help-seeking behavior through help-seeking intention varies at individual’s different levels of self-reliance and social support on a sample of 604 Filipino participants whose age ranged from 18 to 25 years. A moderated mediation analysis using Hayes’ Process Model 9 revealed that none of the investigated factors of help-seeking moderated the relationship between attitudes toward help-seeking and actual help-seeking behavior through help-seeking intention. Nevertheless, the study found that social support predicts actual help-seeking behavior through help-seeking intentions. Thus, an individual who has positive attitudes toward seeking professional help, and who perceives social support for these behaviors will likely seek professional mental help. As such, social support can serve as social encouragement along path-ways to mental health care.

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Running title: Mental health help-seeking

Language

English

Format

Electronic

Accession Number

CDTG008046

Keywords

Help-seeking behavior; People with mental disabilities—Psychology; People with mental disabilities—Mental health

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3-13-2023

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