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Dissertation

Help-seeking among male mental health graduate students: an application of the theory of planned behavior

6 December 2013

Abstract

Mental health professionals experience numerous benefits from engaging in personal therapy. These benefits, including promotion of healthy functioning, increased relational understanding, enhanced empathy, and stress reduction, may be especially salient for counselors and therapists in training as they develop professional identities. However, research has shown that engagement in personal therapy is relatively low among graduate students in the mental health field. Additionally, the presence of men graduating with degrees in a mental health discipline is decreasing. Drawing on previous findings regarding help-seeking patterns among mental health trainees and among those adhering to traditional masculinity ideology, the current study explored predictors of help-seeking intentions among male mental health graduate students. A model based on Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) was tested via structural equation modeling. Results indicated that the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) may be better suited than TPB in clarifying the relationship between traditional masculinity ideology and help-seeking intentions among male mental health trainees.


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