Attitudes of Male Prisoners Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help

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Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, ISSN: 1540-8558, Vol: 34, Issue: 2, Page: 49-61

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Mei Wah Williams MA (Hons) ; Philip Skogstad ; Dr. Frank P. Deane
Informa UK Limited; Taylor & Francis Group
Medicine; Social Sciences; professional; help; attitudes; prisoners; male; psychological; seeking; toward; Arts and Humanities; Life Sciences; Medicine and Health Sciences; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Several variables have been associated with the tendency to seek psychological help. For example, attitudes, psychological distress, and treatment fearfulness have all been associated with mental health professionals and whether individuals seek help from counsellors. The aims of this study were: (1) to examine whether individuals seek help from mental health professionals, and (2) to assess the validity and utility of a short form of the Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale (ATSPPHS) for assessing prison inmates’ helpseeking attitudes. In addition, the relative impact of components of treatment fearfulness and psychological distress on helpseeking attitudes was assessed. Results were consistent with previous research, and indicated that male inmates. © 2001 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.