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ERIC Number: ED394097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 22
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Seeking Help from a Psychologist: Demographic and Symptom Variables.
Bush, Joseph P.; Radecki-Bush, Catherine
Information about which clients perceive psychologists as professional resources for which type of symptom is of interest in the marketing of psychological services. Gender and age have shown the most consistent relationships, while race, income, and education are less clear. This study examined absolute and relative preference for various types of helpers. Ratings were obtained of 922 university student and employees' help-seeking preference for 40 symptoms. The overwhelming majority endorsed self-help and informal helpers as their most preferred sources of help. Females and 30- to 40-year-olds were more inclined to seek services from psychologists than were males and younger and older respondents. There was also an inverse relationship between self-reported psychological problems and willingness to consult a psychologist. Subjects preferred psychologists over physicians for 25 of the 40 problems. Problems for which psychologists were preferred were more interpersonal and behavioral, and were characterized by a low absolute preference for engaging in any help-seeking from professional sources. Contains four tables. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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