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Research and Practice: Treatment fearfulness and distress as predictors of professional psychological help-seeking

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Only a small proportion of people who experience psychological distress seek professional psychological help. Treatment fearfulness is one of a number of factors thought to influence people’s tendency to seek or avoid mental health treatment. The aim of the present study was to provide additional validity information on the Thoughts About Therapy Survey (TAPS) (Kushner & Sher, 1989), and to determine whether fear of therapy and psychological distress were predictive of help-seeking. A non-clinical student sample completed measures of their treatment fears, expectations, anxiety, psychological distress and help-seeking likelihood. Concurrent and construct validity was confirmed for TAPS. Image Concerns, Stigma Concerns, Coercion Concerns and psychological distress were related to the likelihood that subjects would seek professional psychological help. Results are discussed in relation to educational approaches for reducing treatment fearfulness and the potential for increasing appropriate professional help-seeking. © 1994, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 1994

Citation


  • Deane, F. P., & Chamberlain, K. (1994). Research and Practice: Treatment fearfulness and distress as predictors of professional psychological help-seeking. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 22(2), 207-217. doi:10.1080/03069889408260315

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-21344486743

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 207

End Page


  • 217

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • Only a small proportion of people who experience psychological distress seek professional psychological help. Treatment fearfulness is one of a number of factors thought to influence people’s tendency to seek or avoid mental health treatment. The aim of the present study was to provide additional validity information on the Thoughts About Therapy Survey (TAPS) (Kushner & Sher, 1989), and to determine whether fear of therapy and psychological distress were predictive of help-seeking. A non-clinical student sample completed measures of their treatment fears, expectations, anxiety, psychological distress and help-seeking likelihood. Concurrent and construct validity was confirmed for TAPS. Image Concerns, Stigma Concerns, Coercion Concerns and psychological distress were related to the likelihood that subjects would seek professional psychological help. Results are discussed in relation to educational approaches for reducing treatment fearfulness and the potential for increasing appropriate professional help-seeking. © 1994, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 1994

Citation


  • Deane, F. P., & Chamberlain, K. (1994). Research and Practice: Treatment fearfulness and distress as predictors of professional psychological help-seeking. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 22(2), 207-217. doi:10.1080/03069889408260315

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-21344486743

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 207

End Page


  • 217

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 2