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Intentions to participate in counselling among front-line, at-risk Irish government employees : an application of the theory of planned behaviour

Hyland, Philip, McLaughlin, Chrisopher G. , Boduszek, Daniel and Prentice, Garry R. (2012) Intentions to participate in counselling among front-line, at-risk Irish government employees : an application of the theory of planned behaviour. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 40 (3). pp. 279-299. ISSN 1469-3534

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Abstract

The study set out to examine intentions to engage in counselling among at-risk Irish government employees and the differential utility of two alternative theory of planned behaviour (TPB) models of behaviour to explain intentions to participate in counselling. Individuals (N=259) employed in a front-line, at-risk occupation for the Irish government completed a TPB-based questionnaire. Quantitative analyses revealed that participants held positive to neutral intentions to participate in counselling, irrespective of gender. The original TPB model explained 49.9% of variance in intentions whereas an alternative TPB model, splitting the perceived behavioural control (PBC) construct between its internal and external control components, explained a further 8.9% of variance. Furthermore, self-efficacy was found to be the strongest predictor of intentions. This study therefore supports the use of the TPB in understanding counselling-seeking behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Psychology, Applied > Counseling
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 29 May 2014 14:04
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 14:04
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1403

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