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  1. Predicting intentions to seek help from professional mental health services.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective 

    This study investigates the factors related to the intention to seek professional help for psychological problems utilising Ajzen and Fishbein's theory of reasoned action [1,2]. Many of the variables identified in previous studies can be subsumed within this theory, which emphasises the importance of the subjective point of view of the individual.

    Method 

    One hundred and forty-two patients waiting for consultations at a community based general practice completed a questionnaire designed to assess the components of this theory as they relate to seeking help from mental health professionals.

    Results 

    The results of this study supported the prediction of the intention to seek help from a mental health professional from the variables'attitude toward the behaviour'and'subjective norm'However, personal attitudes toward seeking help were found to be more important than the approval or disapproval of significant others in predicting help-seeking intentions.

    Conclusions 

    Overall, the findings indicate that a significant factor influencing people's decisions to utilise professional mental health services in Australia may be the belief that mental health professionals are not actually able to provide a great deal of help or support for people's difficulties.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Prédiction, Demande thérapeutique, Besoin utilisateur, Service santé, Santé mentale, Attitude, Promotion santé, Homme, Recherche aide

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Prediction, Therapeutical request, User need, Health service, Mental health, Attitude, Health promotion, Human, Help seeking

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0445913

    Code Inist : 002B18H05A. Création : 03/02/1998.