Gender, self-stigma, and public stigma in predicting attitudes toward psychological help-seeking Psikolojik yardi{dotless}m almaya i̇lişkin tutumu yordamada cinsiyet, psikolojik yardi{dotless}m alma nedeniyle kendini damgalama ve sosyal damgalanma

Topkaya N.

Kuram ve Uygulamada Egitim Bilimleri, vol.14, no.2, pp.480-487, 2014 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.12738/estp.2014.2.1799
  • Journal Name: Kuram ve Uygulamada Egitim Bilimleri
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.480-487
  • Keywords: Attitudes toward psychological help-seeking, Gender, Public stigma associated with psychological help-seeking, Self-stigma
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


Using a sample of university students (N = 362), the role of gender and both the self-stigma and public stigma associated with one's decision to seek psychological help in predicting attitudes toward psychological helpseeking were examined. Moreover, gender differences regarding both the self-stigma and the public stigma associated with psychological help-seeking were investigated. Participants completed a demographic data form, the Self-stigma of Seeking Help Scale, the Social Stigma Scale for Receiving Psychological Help, and the Attitudes toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale-Short Form. The results of the hierarchical regression analyses demonstrated that although both gender and the self-stigma associated with psychological help-seeking significantly predicted attitudes toward seeking psychological help, public stigma was not a significant predictor of attitudes toward seeking psychological help. Moreover, 24% of the variance in attitudes was accounted for by the variables of gender and self-stigma in the model. In addition, the results of the current study confirmed the findings of previous research which indicated that males are more likely to experience self-stigma and public stigma associated with psychological help-seeking when compared to females. Further results and implications were discussed. © 2014 Educational Consultancy and Research Center.