Attitudes towards seeking professional psychological help: What really counts for United Arab Emirates university students?

Fatima R. Al-Darmaki1
1United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
Cite this article:  Al-Darmaki, F. (2003). Attitudes towards seeking professional psychological help: What really counts for United Arab Emirates university students?. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 31, 497-508.

Volume 31 Issue 5 | e1265 | Published: August 2003 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2003.31.5.497

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The major focus of this study was to examine attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help in relation to some demographic variables, self-esteem, and depression. Three hundred and fifty undergraduate students enrolled at UAE University completed measures of attitudes toward seeking professional help (ASPPH), self-esteem, and depression. Demographic information was also obtained. Factor analysis of the ASPPH scale revealed three moderately internally consistent factors: 1) Confidence in Professional Help Providers, 2) Stigma Tolerance, and 3) Interpersonal Openness. Participants who were in senior years and in art-related majors showed more tolerance to stigma and more confidence in psychological help providers. High self-esteem and low depression correlated significantly with confidence in psychological help providers and stigma tolerance. Findings are discussed in the light of previous studies and the UAE culture.
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