ERIC Number: EJ775547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Avoidance of Counseling: Psychological Factors that Inhibit Seeking Help
Vogel, David L.; Wester, Stephen R.; Larson, Lisa M.
Journal of Counseling & Development, v85 n4 p410-422 Fall 2007
How do counselors reach out to individuals who are reluctant to seek counseling services? To answer this question, the authors examined the research on the psychological help-seeking barriers from counseling, clinical and social psychology, as well as social work and psychiatry. Specific avoidance factors that have been identified in the mental health literature; important variations in the setting, problem type, demographics, and cultural characteristics that can influence the degree to which avoidance factors affect professional help-seeking decisions; and suggestions for overcoming these avoidance factors are discussed.
Descriptors: Psychiatry, Social Psychology, Social Work, Counseling Services, Help Seeking, Cultural Traits
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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