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Help-seeking by rural residents for mental health problems: The importance of agrarian values


Judd, F and Jackson, H and Komiti, A and Murray, G and Fraser, C and Grieves, A and Gomez, R, Help-seeking by rural residents for mental health problems: The importance of agrarian values, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, (9) pp. 769-776. ISSN 0004-8674 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-1614.2006.01882.x


Objective: To examine the role of stoicism, self-efficacy and perceived stigma in predicting help-seeking by rural residents, for mental health problems. Method: A cross-sectional community survey was conducted with a sample of 467 rural residents (58% female), who completed self-report questionnaires assessing current levels of symptomatology, disability, perceived stigma, self-efficacy, stoicism, attitudes towards and experience of seeking help for psychological problems. Results: Overall, 7.6% (n = 129) of respondents had sought help from a general practitioner and/or mental health professional for psychological problems or a mental health issue. More women than men reported having sought such help. Lifetime help-seeking for a psychological problem or mental health issue was positively associated with higher levels of distress and lower levels of stoicism and, to a lesser extent, lower levels of self-efficacy. Conclusions: Efforts to improve help-seeking by rural residents for mental health problems should focus on understanding and addressing attitudes, such as stoicism which act as barriers to help-seeking.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Gomez, R (Professor Rapson Gomez)
ID Code:62857
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:132
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2010-03-26
Last Modified:2010-05-05

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