Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Menna, R.,


Psychology, Clinical.



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This study examined the barriers to formal and informal help-seeking behaviour of adolescents. The sample was 451 students (176 male, 275 female) between the ages of 14- to 19-years from high schools in southwestern Ontario. Participants completed self-report questionnaires measuring: background information, stressful problems, perceived and utilized help-seeking resources, barriers to formal and informal help seeking, and internalizing problems. The types of stressful problems most often indicated were with respect to school, family, relationships, friends/peers, and illness/death. Females and older adolescents both reported greater seriousness, severity, and perceived need for help with stressful problems. Two-thirds of the sample sought help for their most stressful problem. Females sought help significantly more often than males. Adolescents who sought help for their stressful problem were most likely to ask a best friend, mother, or friend. For the adolescents who did not seek help for their stressful problem, the greatest barrier was perceiving self as sufficient to deal with the problem. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .S73. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 1205. Adviser: R. Menna. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.