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ERIC Number: EJ775290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
To Seek Help or Not to Seek Help: The Risks of Self-Disclosure
Vogel, David L.; Wester, Stephen R.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v50 n3 p351-361 Jul 2003
Investigations into the reasons why people seek counseling have, for the most part, focused on approach factors, those variables that are associated with a potential client's increased likelihood of seeking psychological services. The purpose of this research, however, is to explore the role of avoidance factors, those factors that are associated with a potential client's decreased likelihood of seeking services. Across 2 studies of primarily Caucasian college students (ns = 209 and 268, respectively). The results of simultaneous multiple regression analyses demonstrated that avoidance factors predict negative attitudes toward counseling as well as decreased intentions to seek counseling. Overall, results demonstrate that avoidance factors account for at least as much help-seeking variance as traditionally studied approach factors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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