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An investigation of the relationship between mental health literacy and attitudes towards seeking psychological help in an adult population

Pfakacha, Blessing (2019) An investigation of the relationship between mental health literacy and attitudes towards seeking psychological help in an adult population. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Mental health is defined as the state of well-being where a person recognises his or her own capabilities to tolerate stresses. Mental health issues interfere with one’s psychological, emotional and social well-being. The main objective of the present study is to investigate the relationship between mental health literacy and attitudes towards seeking psychological help. A cross sectional design was used with a sample of 67 participants who were recruited using online questionnaires with a link that was shared on social media. A mental health literacy scale was used to assess participants’ knowledge/ understanding on mental health, mental help seeking attitude scale was employed to evaluate overall attitudes (positive or negative) towards seeking help from a mental health specialist. Results displayed no significant differences between the two variables mental health literacy and attitudes towards seeking help and there were no significant differences found when both genders were compared. Hence mental health literacy score between males and females (mean difference = 1.16 [95% CI: 7.90 – 5.58]) and attitudes towards seeking professional help scores between males and females (mean difference = -.07 [95% CI: .05 -.20]). Intervention programs aimed at raising awareness of mental health illness may be significant in the initial prevention of mental health disorders.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 09:17
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 09:17
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3885

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