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- Help-seeking by rural residents for mental health problems : the importance of agrarian values
- Judd, Fiona K.; Jackson, Henry J.; Komiti, Angela; Murray, Greg; Fraser, Caitlin; Grieve, Aaron; Gomez, Rapson
- This study examined the role of stoicism, self efficacy and perceived stigma in predicting help seeking by rural residents for mental health problems. A cross section of rural residents completed self report questionnaires assessing current levels of symptomatology, disability, perceived stigma, self efficacy, stoicism, and attitudes towards and experience of seeking help for psychological problems. Over a quarter of respondents had sought help from a general practitioner or mental health professional for psychological problems or a mental health issue. More women than men reported having sought such help. Lifetime help seeking for a psychological problem or mental health issue was positively associated with higher levels of distress and lower levels of stoicism and, to a lesser extent, lower levels of self efficacy. Efforts to improve help seeking by rural residents for mental health problems should focus on understanding and addressing attitudes, such as stoicism, which act as barriers to help seeking.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
- Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, Vol. 40, no. 9 ( 2006), p. 769-776
- Publication year
- Attitudes; General practitioners; Gender differences; Health services; Help seeking behaviour; Mental depression; Mental health; Psychologists; Rural communities; Self help techniques; Stigma; Values
- Taylor and Francis
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- Copyright © 2006 The Authors.
- Peer reviewed