Hyland, Philip and Boduszek, Daniel (2011) Predicting Intentions to Participate in Counselling Among At-Risk Irish Government Employees Using The Theory of Planned Behaviour. In: 2nd Conference on Social Psychology in Ireland, 28th - 29th April 2011, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
Background: Mental health services, such as counselling, are
chronically underutilized despite the widespread occurrence of mental illness. Traditionally attempts to understand this phenomenon have considered only attitudes or associated social stigma. Few studies have employed the Theory of Planned Behaviour (Ajzen, 1991) to understand why people avoid, or make use of, counselling services. To compare the predictive utility of Ajzen’s (1991) TPB model and an alternative TPB model to explain intentions to participate in psychological counselling, and to examine for any gender difference in intentions. 259 members of a front-line, at-risk occupation for the Irish government completed a TPB-based questionnaire during a training seminar. Ajzen’s TPB model explained 47% of variance in intentions, with all the main TPB variables significantly predicting intentions. An alternative TPB model, which split the PBC construct between its internal and external control components, explained an additional 10% of variance in intentions. Intentions to participate in counselling were neutral-to-positive and no gender differences were identified. The TPB model is an appropriate tool for the prediction of intentions to participate in counselling. The predictive utility of the TPB may well be improved by distinguishing internal and external control factors as separate predictor variables.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology|
|Divisions:||School of Business > Staff Research and Publications|
|Depositing User:||CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN|
|Date Deposited:||27 Mar 2015 16:02|
|Last Modified:||27 Mar 2015 16:02|
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