ERIC Number: EJ949766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Disordered Eating Cognitions as Predictors of Attitudes toward Seeking Professional Psychological Services
Dotson, Keri B.; Masuda, Akihiko; Cohen, Lindsey L.
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, v33 n4 p225-234 Dec 2011
The present study investigated whether young adults' disordered eating cognitions predicted attitudes toward seeking professional psychological services. Two hundred and eighty three 18- to 24-year-old undergraduate students completed a survey package that included measures of disordered eating cognitions and help-seeking attitudes. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that greater disordered eating cognitions uniquely predicted lower degrees of favorable help-seeking attitudes overall, lower stigma tolerance with respect to seeking professional psychological services, lower interpersonal openness in the context of help-seeking, and lower confidence in psychological professionals. The findings suggest that outreach interventions should, among other things, focus on stigma associated with help-seeking and disordered eating problems.
Descriptors: Eating Disorders, Young Adults, Help Seeking, Attitudes, Psychological Services, Prediction, Undergraduate Students
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