ERIC Number: ED390005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
College Students' Help-Seeking Preferences for Personal Problems.
McGrath, John N., III
College students face a great deal of pressure which can lead to problems of a non-academic nature. This study examined where college students prefer to seek help with personal problems (n=113). Surveyed students rank ordered seven potential help sources with regard to nine different problem areas. The seven potential sources of help were: self, close friend, close relative, clergyman, counselor, faculty member, and staff member/advisor. The nine problem areas were: romantic relationships, family, friends, substance abuse, sexuality, depression, interpersonal relationships, self-understanding, and emotional stability. Students were also asked if they had previous counseling experience and whether it was helpful. Results showed that college students generally prefer to utilize the self or close friend for help with all problem areas. Counselors were generally ranked as the fourth choice. Previous counseling appeared to increase a student's tendency to prefer counseling again. Type of problem had an influence on whether or not a person would seek counseling form help. Gender did not have an effect on preference of counselor as a help source. Contains 24 references. (Author/JBJ)
Descriptors: College Students, Counseling, Counselors, Emotional Problems, Help Seeking, Helping Relationship, Higher Education, Problem Solving, Problems, School Counselors, Social Behavior, Social Support Groups, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Master's Thesis, William Paterson College of New Jersey.