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Understanding help-seeking amongst university students: the role of group identity, stigma, and exposure to suicide and help-seeking

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dc.contributor.author Kearns, Michelle
dc.contributor.author Muldoon, Orla T.
dc.contributor.author Msetfi, Rachel M.
dc.contributor.author Surgenor, Paul W.G.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-11T09:48:46Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-11T09:48:46Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5332
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Despite a high prevalence of suicide ideation and mental health issues amongst university students, the stigma of help-seeking remains a barrier to those who are in real need of professional support. Social identity theory states that help received from an ingroup source is more welcome and less threatening to one's identity than that from a source perceived as outgroup. Therefore, we hypothesized that students' stigma toward seeking help from their university mental health service would differ based on the strength of their identification with the university.Method: An online survey including measures of stigma of suicide, group identification, experience with help-seeking and exposure to suicide was administered to Irish university students (N = 493).Results: Group identification was a significant predictor of help-seeking attitudes after controlling for already known predictors. Contrary to our expectations, those who identified more strongly with their university demonstrated a higher stigma of seeking help from their university mental health service.Conclusions: Results are discussed in relation to self categorization theory and the concept of normative fit. Practical implications for mental health service provision in universities are also addressed, specifically the need for a range of different mental health services both on and off-campus. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers in Media en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Psychology;6, article 1462
dc.rights This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission. en_US
dc.subject help-seeking en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject suicide en_US
dc.subject group identification en_US
dc.subject stigma en_US
dc.subject university students en_US
dc.title Understanding help-seeking amongst university students: the role of group identity, stigma, and exposure to suicide and help-seeking en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-11-11T09:24:59Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01462
dc.contributor.sponsor IRC en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1599530
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Frontiers in psychology
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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