ERIC Number: EJ1070827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Mental Health Stigma and Self-Concealment as Predictors of Help-Seeking Attitudes among Latina/o College Students in the United States
Mendoza, Hadrian; Masuda, Akihiko; Swartout, Kevin M.
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, v37 n3 p207-222 Sep 2015
The study examined whether mental health stigma and self-concealment are uniquely related to various dimensions of attitudes toward seeking professional psychological services (i.e., help-seeking attitudes) in Latina/o college students. Data from 129 Latina/o undergraduates (76% female) were used in the analysis. Results revealed that mental health stigma was a unique predictor of overall help-seeking attitudes. Mental health stigma was also significantly related to recognition of need for psychotherapeutic help, stigma tolerance, and interpersonal openness, but not to confidence in mental health practitioners. Self-concealment was uniquely related to stigma tolerance and interpersonal openness.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Social Bias, Help Seeking, Health Services, Student Attitudes, College Students, Hispanic American Students, Psychotherapy, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Interpersonal Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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