Correlations Between Opinions About Mental Illness and Attitudes Towards Psychological Help Seeking for a Mental Illness Among College Students in Kenya
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 6, Issue 4, August 2017, Pages: 54-58
Received: Jun. 9, 2017; Accepted: Jun. 21, 2017; Published: Jul. 20, 2017
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Nyavanga Eunice Jemalel, Department of Social and Human Development, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology, The Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya; Malel Bibwob Clinical Psychologists Consultancy Ltd. (MICAP), Nairobi, Kenya
Mourice Barasa Wafula, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Africa Region, Nairobi, Kenya
Chebet Ivy Mmbone, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia; Nursing Department, Neuroscience Ward, St. Vincent Private Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
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Primary school teacher trainees in Kenya have been identified to have both negative opinions about mental illness and attitudes towards professional psychological help seeking for a mental health problem. This study aims at determining the relationship between opinions about mental illness and attitudes towards professional psychological help seeking for mental illness among college students in Kenya. This study used a self-administered demographic questionnaire, opinions about mental illness and attitudes towards professional psychological help seeking to collect data, among 2777 primary teacher trainees in Kenya. SPSS version 19 was used to analyses data. It was found that there is a positive correlation that was significant at p=0.000 between opinions about mental illness and attitudes towards professional psychological help seeking in this population; this is in line with other studies globally. This study recommended an intervention through psychoeducation of mental illness to improve both opinions about mental illness leading to attitudes towards professional psychological help for a mental illness.
Correlation, Mental Illness, Opinions, Attitudes, College Students
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Nyavanga Eunice Jemalel, Mourice Barasa Wafula, Chebet Ivy Mmbone, Correlations Between Opinions About Mental Illness and Attitudes Towards Psychological Help Seeking for a Mental Illness Among College Students in Kenya, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 6, No. 4, 2017, pp. 54-58. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20170604.12
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