Stigma of Seeking Psychological Services

Examining College Students Across Ten Countries/Regions

David L. Vogel, Haley A. Strass, Patrick J. Heath, Fatima R. Al-Darmaki, Patrick I. Armstrong, Makilim N. Baptista, Rachel E. Brenner, Marta Gonçalves, Daniel G. Lannin, Hsin Ya Liao, Corey S. Mackenzie, Winnie W.S. Mak, Mark Rubin, Nursel Topkaya, Nathaniel G. Wade, Ying Fen Wang, Alina Zlati

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Abstract

Stigma is an important barrier to seeking psychological services worldwide. Two types of stigma exist: public stigma and self-stigma. Scholars have argued that public stigma leads to self-stigma, and then self-stigma is the primary predictor of attitudes toward seeking psychological services. However, this assertion is largely limited to U.S. samples. The goal of this research was to provide a first step in understanding the relationship between public stigma, self-stigma, and attitudes toward seeking psychological services in international contexts (N = 3,276; Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Portugal, Romania, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and United States). Using structural equation modeling, we found that self-stigma mediated the relationship between public stigma and attitudes toward seeking services among college students in each country and region. However, differences in path strengths emphasize the need to pay attention to the role of public and self-stigma on attitudes toward seeking psychological services throughout the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-192
Number of pages23
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb 1

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Keywords

  • cross-cultural
  • help seeking
  • stigma
  • therapy

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  • Applied Psychology

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Vogel, D. L., Strass, H. A., Heath, P. J., Al-Darmaki, F. R., Armstrong, P. I., Baptista, M. N., ... Zlati, A. (2017). Stigma of Seeking Psychological Services: Examining College Students Across Ten Countries/Regions. Counseling Psychologist, 45(2), 170-192. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000016671411

Stigma of Seeking Psychological Services : Examining College Students Across Ten Countries/Regions. / Vogel, David L.; Strass, Haley A.; Heath, Patrick J.; Al-Darmaki, Fatima R.; Armstrong, Patrick I.; Baptista, Makilim N.; Brenner, Rachel E.; Gonçalves, Marta; Lannin, Daniel G.; Liao, Hsin Ya; Mackenzie, Corey S.; Mak, Winnie W.S.; Rubin, Mark; Topkaya, Nursel; Wade, Nathaniel G.; Wang, Ying Fen; Zlati, Alina.

In: Counseling Psychologist, Vol. 45, No. 2, 01.02.2017, p. 170-192.

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Vogel, DL, Strass, HA, Heath, PJ, Al-Darmaki, FR, Armstrong, PI, Baptista, MN, Brenner, RE, Gonçalves, M, Lannin, DG, Liao, HY, Mackenzie, CS, Mak, WWS, Rubin, M, Topkaya, N, Wade, NG, Wang, YF & Zlati, A 2017, 'Stigma of Seeking Psychological Services: Examining College Students Across Ten Countries/Regions', Counseling Psychologist, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 170-192. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000016671411
Vogel DL, Strass HA, Heath PJ, Al-Darmaki FR, Armstrong PI, Baptista MN et al. Stigma of Seeking Psychological Services: Examining College Students Across Ten Countries/Regions. Counseling Psychologist. 2017 Feb 1;45(2):170-192. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000016671411
Vogel, David L. ; Strass, Haley A. ; Heath, Patrick J. ; Al-Darmaki, Fatima R. ; Armstrong, Patrick I. ; Baptista, Makilim N. ; Brenner, Rachel E. ; Gonçalves, Marta ; Lannin, Daniel G. ; Liao, Hsin Ya ; Mackenzie, Corey S. ; Mak, Winnie W.S. ; Rubin, Mark ; Topkaya, Nursel ; Wade, Nathaniel G. ; Wang, Ying Fen ; Zlati, Alina. / Stigma of Seeking Psychological Services : Examining College Students Across Ten Countries/Regions. In: Counseling Psychologist. 2017 ; Vol. 45, No. 2. pp. 170-192.
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