Efficacy of Psychoedcation on Improving Attitudes Towards Professional Psychological Help Seeking for a Mental Illness Among Teacher Trainees in Kenya
European Journal of Preventive Medicine
Volume 4, Issue 5, September 2016, Pages: 120-124
Received: Aug. 25, 2016; Accepted: Sep. 5, 2016; Published: Oct. 14, 2016
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Nyavanga Eunice Jemalel, The Technical University of Kenya, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology, Department of Human & Social Development, Nairobi, Kenya
Mourice Barasa, International Planned Parenthood Federation - Africa Region, Nairobi, Kenya
Chebet Ivy Mmbone, The Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Melbourne, Australia; St Vincent Private Hospital – Melbourne, Nursing Department, Neuroscience Ward, Melbourne, Australia
David M. Ndetei, The University of Nairobi, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry, Nairobi, Kenya; African Mental Health Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya
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Abstract
This study was aimed at determining the efficacy of psychoeducation in improving attitudes towards professional psychological help seeking among young adults in Kenya. Four out of twenty teacher training colleges were sampled. Two colleges made up the control group while the other two made up the experimental group. Both groups were assessed at baseline, before the experimental group was presented with an intervention in form of two, two-hour each psychoeducation modules using power point while sited in their normal classrooms. The second assessment was done a day after the psychoeducation, while the control group received no intervention but were assessed again two days after the baseline assessment. The control group had no improvement in the summative scores of attitudes towards help seeking, while the experimental group increased positively in their attitudes towards seeking help for a mental illness, which is in line with other studies. Globally. We conclude that with education on opinions about mental illness and expectations about counseling, the youth could improve their attitudes towards seeking help for a mental illness problem. This study recommends that young adults and college students should be given education in order to improve their attitudes to seeking help for a mental illness. Collage students should have this education in their curriculum to assist them identify mental illness and seek help for the same.
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Efficacy, Psychoeducaton, Attitudes, Help Seeking, Mental Illness, Teacher Trainees
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Nyavanga Eunice Jemalel, Mourice Barasa, Chebet Ivy Mmbone, David M. Ndetei, Efficacy of Psychoedcation on Improving Attitudes Towards Professional Psychological Help Seeking for a Mental Illness Among Teacher Trainees in Kenya, European Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol. 4, No. 5, 2016, pp. 120-124. doi: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20160405.13
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