Help-Seeking Intentions and Behaviors among Mainland Chinese College Students: Integrating the Theory of Planned Behavior and Behavioral Model of Health Services Use



This study investigated help-seeking intentions and use of mental health services within a sample of 1128 Mainland Chinese college students (630 males and 498 females; mean age = 20.01 years, SD = 1.48). Results of structural equation modeling and logistic regression analysis suggested that social-cognitive variables had significant effects both on students’ intentions to seek professional mental health care and their actual service use. To promote help-seeking, practitioners should consider marketing campaigns and psycho-education for students and communities, enhancing knowledge and acceptance of mental health problems and effective treatment options.


Chinese college students Counseling Help-seeking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenjing Li
    • 1
  • Linley A. Denson
    • 1
  • Diana S. Dorstyn
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PsychologyThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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