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ERIC Number: EJ835020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
Measuring Perceptions of Stigmatization by Others for Seeking Psychological Help: Reliability and Validity of a New Stigma Scale with College Students
Vogel, David L.; Wade, Nathaniel G.; Ascheman, Paul L.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v56 n2 p301-308 Apr 2009
Fear of being stigmatized is the most cited reason why individuals avoid psychotherapy. Conceptually, this fear should be strongest when individuals consider the reactions of those they interact with. Across 5 samples, the authors developed the Perceptions of Stigmatization by Others for Seeking Help (PSOSH) scale. In Sample 1 (N = 985), the 5 items of the PSOSH were selected ([alpha] = 0.91). In Sample 2 (N = 842), the unidimensional factor structure of the scale was examined across a diverse sample. In Sample 3 (N = 506), concurrent validity was supported through moderate associations with 3 different stigma measures (i.e., public stigma toward counseling, r = 0.31; public stigma toward mental illness, r = 0.20; and self-stigma, r = 0.37). In Sample 4 (N = 144), test-retest reliability across a 3-week period was calculated (0.82). Finally, in Sample 5 (N = 130), reliability ([alpha] = 0.78) and validity were explored with a sample experiencing symptoms of psychological distress. Relationships between variables (i.e., public stigma toward counseling, r = 0.31, and self-stigma, r = 0.40) were similar to those in previous samples. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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