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Specific attitudes which predict psychology students’ intentions to seek help for psychological distress

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Abstract


  • Objective

    Although many postgraduate psychology programs address students’ mental health, there are compelling indications that earlier, undergraduate, interventions may be optimal. We investigated specific attitudes that predict students’ intentions to seek treatment for psychological distress to inform targeted interventions.

    Method

    Psychology students (N = 289; mean age = 19.75 years) were surveyed about attitudes and intentions to seek treatment for stress, anxiety, or depression.

    Results

    Less than one quarter of students reported that they would be likely to seek treatment should they develop psychological distress. Attitudes that predicted help-seeking intentions related to recognition of symptoms and the benefits of professional help, and openness to treatment for emotional problems.

    Conclusions

    The current study identified specific attitudes which predict help-seeking intentions in psychology students. These attitudes could be strengthened in undergraduate educational interventions promoting well-being and appropriate treatment uptake among psychology students.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Thomas, S. J., Caputi, P. & Wilson, C. J. (2014). Specific attitudes which predict psychology students’ intentions to seek help for psychological distress. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70 (3), 273-282.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84892999077

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1565&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/566

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 273

End Page


  • 282

Volume


  • 70

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Objective

    Although many postgraduate psychology programs address students’ mental health, there are compelling indications that earlier, undergraduate, interventions may be optimal. We investigated specific attitudes that predict students’ intentions to seek treatment for psychological distress to inform targeted interventions.

    Method

    Psychology students (N = 289; mean age = 19.75 years) were surveyed about attitudes and intentions to seek treatment for stress, anxiety, or depression.

    Results

    Less than one quarter of students reported that they would be likely to seek treatment should they develop psychological distress. Attitudes that predicted help-seeking intentions related to recognition of symptoms and the benefits of professional help, and openness to treatment for emotional problems.

    Conclusions

    The current study identified specific attitudes which predict help-seeking intentions in psychology students. These attitudes could be strengthened in undergraduate educational interventions promoting well-being and appropriate treatment uptake among psychology students.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Thomas, S. J., Caputi, P. & Wilson, C. J. (2014). Specific attitudes which predict psychology students’ intentions to seek help for psychological distress. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70 (3), 273-282.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84892999077

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1565&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/566

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 273

End Page


  • 282

Volume


  • 70

Issue


  • 3