Title page for ETD etd-12192001-172305

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Al-Rowaie, Odah O.
Author's Email Address odah@vt.edu (2nd email: alrowaie@yahoo.com)
URN etd-12192001-172305
Title Predictors of Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Among Kuwait University Students
Degree PhD
Department Counseling and Counselor Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cross, Lawrence H. Committee Co-Chair
Madison-Colmore, Octavia D. Committee Co-Chair
Hohenshil, Thomas H. Committee Member
Roberto, Karen A. Committee Member
Skovholt, Thomas M. Committee Member
  • Psychotherapy
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Mental Health Services
  • Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Help
  • Kuwait University Students
  • Social Support
  • Family and Societal Support for Seeking Help
  • Life Stress Events
  • Counselor Education
Date of Defense 2001-12-06
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was: (1) to investigate Kuwait University (KU) students'

attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help; and (2) to investigate if family, friends, and societal support played a role in the student's decision to seek professional psychological help as measured by the Family, Friends, and Societal Support Scale (FFSS), which was developed by the author. Other assessment tools used in the study included: (1) Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale (ATSPPHS) as developed by Fischer and Turner (1970); (2) Orientation Toward Utilization of Social Resources (OTUSR) as developed by Vaux, Burda, and Stewart (1986); (3) a modified Life Stress Events Scale (LSE) based on 18 items selected from the 43 items Social Readjustment Scale published by Holmes and Rahe (1967); and (4) Demographic Data Sheet (DDS). A total of 529 participants completed all five assessment tools. The results indicated that KU students have less favorable attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help than groups studied by other researchers. The results also supported previous research, which found females, in general, to have more favorable attitudes toward seeking professional help than males. Individuals who received previous counseling were more likely to have favorable attitudes toward seeking professional help than those who did not receive such help. Students who majored or minored in psychology had more favorable attitudes toward counseling than those who were not psychology majors or minors. The newly developed scale, FFSS, was an effective predictor of KU students' attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help and explained more variance in ATSPPHS scores than any other predictors used in the study.

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