An Adaptation and Extension of the Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale1

  • Mackenzie C
  • Knox V
  • Gekoski W
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Abstract

Despite its utility, several conceptual and methodological concerns are raised regarding Fischer and Turner’s (1 9701 Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale (ATSPPHS). These concerns were addressed in an adaptation and extension of the ATSPPHS using 208 adult volunteers. The new Inventory of Attitudes Toward Seeking Mental Health Services (LASMHS) consists of24 items and 3 internally consistent factors: psychological openness, help-seeking propensity. and indifference to stigma. We replicated this 3-factor model with 293 university undergraduates, and established test-retest reliability with 23 student volunteers. Validity was demonstrated by the ability of the IASMHS to distinguish between those who had and had not used mental health services in the past, and those who would and would not use these services in the future. It also discriminated between participants’ intentions to use professional and nonprofessional help. Finally, expected gender differences in help-seeking attitudes were demonstrated.

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Authors

  • Corey S. Mackenzie

  • V. Jane Knox

  • William L. Gekoski

  • Helen L. Macaulay

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