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ERIC Number: EJ963360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Depressive Symptoms in a Sample of Social Work Students and Reasons Preventing Students from Using Mental Health Services: An Exploratory Study
Ting, Laura
Journal of Social Work Education, v47 n2 p253-268 Spr-Sum 2011
Limited research exists on social work students' level of depression and help-seeking beliefs. This study empirically examined the rates of depression among 215 BSW students and explored students' reasons for not using mental health services. Approximately 50% scored at or above the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale cutoff; qualitative responses identified personal reasons preventing help-seeking with themes such as "self" and "other" stigma; distrust/fear; and concerns with confidentiality, quality, and cultural competency. Denial of problems, the need for self-control/perfection, and preference for informal help were also themes, in addition to structural reasons such as lack of time, resources, and knowledge. The implications for social work administrators, educators, and practitioners are discussed. Future research suggestions are noted. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale