College Students’ Attitudes, Stigma, and Intentions Toward Seeking Online and Face-to-Face Counseling

Bird, Matthew, Chow, Graig and Yang, Yanyun (2020) College Students’ Attitudes, Stigma, and Intentions Toward Seeking Online and Face-to-Face Counseling. Journal of Clinical Psychology . ISSN 1097-4679

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Abstract

Objective(s): To investigate differences in public stigma, self-stigma, attitudes (value and discomfort), and intentions to seek help between online and face-to-face counseling. To identify a difference in the relationship between these variables and both counseling modalities.
Method: An online survey completed by 538 college students from one university in the Southeastern United States. The sample included 412 females and 126 males with a mean age of 20.21 years (SD = 1.26).
Results: Significantly higher levels of self-stigma and discomfort toward online counseling were reported. Significantly higher value and intentions were reported toward face-to-face counseling. Self-stigma was positively related to public stigma, value was negatively related to self-stigma, and intentions toward seeking help was positively related to value.
Conclusions: Results suggest face-to-face counseling is seen as a more favorable method of service delivery compared to online counseling. Value toward online counseling is an important predictor for seeking this type of help.

Keywords:face-to-face counseling, intentions, online counseling, public stigma, self-stigma
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B940 Counselling
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:40477
Deposited On:06 Apr 2020 14:54

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