Social-psychological factors affecting help-seeking for emotional problems

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Rickwood, DJ
Braithwaite, Valerie

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Determined whether demographic, network, and personality variables predict the behavioral outcome measure of help-seeking, both in general and from professional services. Help-seeking in response to emotional problems was studied in a sample of 715 Australian adolescents (404 girls and 311 boys, aged 16–19 yrs). 27% of the sample was moderately or severely distressed; 23% of those sought no help at all, and only 17% sought professional consultation. General help-seeking was predicted by more symptoms of psychological distress, being female, availability of social support, knowing someone who had sought professional help, and the personality characteristics of high private self-consciousness and willingness to disclose mental health. When only those with evident emotional distress were considered, only gender and willingness to disclose remained significant predictors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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Rickwood, D. J., & Braithwaite, V. A. (1994). Social-psychological factors affecting help-seeking for emotional problems. Social Science & Medicine, 39(4), 563–572.

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