Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Counseling Psychology & Community Services
This study assessed relationships between mental illness stigma (public stigma (Vogel, Wade & Ascheman, 2009) and private stigma (Vogel, Wade & Haake, 2006)), mental health literacy (Mental Health Literacy Survey (MHLS; Epps et al. 2007) and Symptom Recognition Scale, (SRS)), and psychological help-seeking (Attitudes towards Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale and Intentions via LSHS) in a rural population. Two-hundred three adults living in rural and urbanized counties within a rural Midwestern state completed paper and online surveys. Stepwise hierarchical regression analyses showed that private stigma, mental health literacy, and previous help-seeking behavior predicted attitudes towards seeking professional help while symptom recognition and previous help-seeking behavior were important predictors of intentions to seek help, relative to other factors. Mental health literacy did not moderate the relationships between stigma variables and help-seeking variables and previous help-seeking did not act as a mediator in the relationship between mental health literacy variables and help-seeking variables. Public stigma did not contribute significant variance to help-seeking attitudes and intentions. Support for private stigma reduction was garnered. Overall, findings support the role of mental health literacy in improving intentions to seek professional help.
D'cunha, Astrid Shanthi, "Mental Illness Stigma, Mental Health Literacy, And Psychological Help-Seeking In A Rural Population" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 1641.