The degree to which men's current or most recent access to professional psychological help was influenced by others, and their future independent help-seeking intentions were measured. Seventy-three males currently accessing, or who had recently accessed a mental health service, completed a questionnaire that asked about their pathway to care and future help-seeking intentions. Ninety-six percent of participants reported their decision to seek help was influenced to some degree by others, with G.P's, and intimate partners most influential. Thirty-seven percent indicated that without this influence, they would not have sought help at all. Once in therapy, treatment helpfulness was a significant predictor of future help-seeking intentions for a personal-emotional problem or suicidal thoughts, irrespective of the pathway to care.
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Cusack, J., Deane, F.P., Wilson, C.J. et al. Who Influence Men to Go to Therapy? Reports from Men Attending Psychological Services. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 26, 271–283 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1023/B:ADCO.0000035530.44111.a8
- help-seeking intentions
- treatment helpfulness