ERIC Number: EJ903403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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College Students' Intentions to Seek Help for Suicidal Ideation: Accounting for the Help-Negation Effect
Yakunina, Elena S.; Rogers, James R.; Waehler, Charles A.; Werth, James L., Jr.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n5 p438-450 Oct 2010
Prior research has identified a negative association between suicidal ideation and help-seeking, a phenomenon called "help-negation." Help-negation has been documented to occur for both professional and nonprofessional sources of help. In this study help-seeking attitudes, stigma concerns, and perceptions of social support were examined as possible mediators of help-negation. Data were collected from a nonclinical sample of college undergraduates at a midwestern university (N = 321). Findings provided partial support for the mediation hypotheses. Help-seeking attitudes and stigma were significant predictors of help-seeking intentions ([beta] = 0.34 and [beta] = -0.17, p less than 0.05, respectively), but did not mediate help-negation for professional sources. Perceptions of social support, on the other hand, fully mediated help-negation for nonprofessional sources ([beta] = 0.27, p less than 0.05).
Descriptors: Help Seeking, Suicide, Intention, Undergraduate Students, Social Support Groups, Student Attitudes
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