Title: Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help: Factor Structure and Socio-Demographic Predictors
year: 2016
Journal: Front Psychol
Volume: 7
Pages: 547
Epubdate: 21/05/2016
Alternate Journal: Frontiers in psychology
ISSN: 1664-1078
Legal note: PMC4842935
Article Number: 27199794
Keywords: Singapore attitudes mental illness psychological help-seeking
Abstract: Attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help (ATSPPH) are complex. Help seeking preferences are influenced by various attitudinal and socio-demographic factors and can often result in unmet needs, treatment gaps, and delays in help-seeking. The aims of the current study were to explore the factor structure of the ATSPPH short form (-SF) scale and determine whether any significant socio-demographic differences exist in terms of help-seeking attitudes. Data were extracted from a population-based survey conducted among Singapore residents aged 18-65 years. Respondents provided socio-demographic information and were administered the ATSPPH-SF. Weighted mean and standard error of the mean were calculated for continuous variables, and frequencies and percentages for categorical variables. Confirmatory factor analysis and exploratory factor analysis were performed to establish the validity of the factor structure of the ATSPPH-SF scale. Multivariable linear regressions were conducted to examine predictors of each of the ATSPPH-SF factors. The factor analysis revealed that the ATSPPH-SF formed three distinct dimensions: "Openness to seeking professional help," "Value in seeking professional help," and "Preference to cope on one's own." Multiple linear regression analyses showed that age, ethnicity, marital status, education, and income were significantly associated with the ATSPPH-SF factors. Population subgroups that were less open to or saw less value in seeking psychological help should be targeted via culturally appropriate education campaigns and tailored and supportive interventions.
Notes: Picco, Louisa Abdin, Edimanysah Chong, Siow Ann Pang, Shirlene Shafie, Saleha Chua, Boon Yiang Vaingankar, Janhavi A Ong, Lue Ping Tay, Jenny Subramaniam, Mythily Journal Article Switzerland Front Psychol. 2016 Apr 25;7:547. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00547. eCollection 2016.
URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4842935/pdf/fpsyg-07-00547.pdf
URI: https://open-access.imh.com.sg/handle/123456789/5030
Authors Address: Research Division, Institute of Mental Health Singapore, Singapore. Department of Psychology, Institute of Mental Health Singapore, Singapore.
Database Provider: NLM
language: eng
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