Journal article

Role of stigma and attitudes toward help-seeking from a general practitioner for mental health problems in a rural town

S Wrigley, H Jackson, F Judd, A Komiti

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the role of perceived stigma and attitudes to seeking care in predicting help-seeking from a general practitioner (GP) for mental health problems. METHOD: A cross-sectional survey in 2002 with self-report questionnaires assessing current levels of symptomatology, disability, attitudes towards mental illness, knowledge of prevalence and causes of mental illness, contact with mental illness and help-seeking behaviour and preferences and attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. RESULTS: No significant relationship was found between symptom measures and measures of disability and help-seeking. Variables positively associated with general attitudes to seekin..

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