Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 637–650 | Cite as

Measuring Barriers to Help-Seeking Behavior in Adolescents

  • Josephine Kuhl
  • Liat Jarkon-Horlick
  • Richard F. Morrissey


To construct and validate an instrument that would measure barriers to help-seeking behavior in adolescents. Method: A 37-item questionnaire based on prior help-seeking literature was constructed to yield a total score indicating strength of barriers to help-seeking behavior. The instrument was given to a sample of 280 high school students following a pilot study of 65 students. Results: The instrument was found to have good test–retest and internal reliability and adequate validity in the tested population. It shows promise in helping to identify adolescents who may be amenable to, and opposed to, therapeutic intervention, and may aid in understanding which barriers to help seeking are most significant in any given population.


High School Pilot Study Therapeutic Intervention High School Student Internal Reliability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josephine Kuhl
    • 1
  • Liat Jarkon-Horlick
    • 2
  • Richard F. Morrissey
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Child Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, Division of Child and Adolescent PsychiatrySchneider Children's HospitalUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child Psychiatry, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Division of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryStony Brook University HospitalUSA
  3. 3.Division of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryLong Island Jewish Medical CenterUSA
  4. 4.Albert Einstein College of MedicineUSA

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