Date of Award

2008

Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Rosanna Menna

Keywords

Psychology

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

This study examined the effectiveness of a school-based intervention, the Asking for Help Program. Participants were 50 at-risk adolescents, aged 14 to 19 years old (M = 15.98, SD = 1.30), who completed pre- and post-questionnaires to assess perceived barriers to help seeking, attitudes towards seeking professional help, and actual help seeking. Qualitative data was also collected using focus group interviews. Qualitative findings detected significant gains in participants' perceptions of barriers pertaining to knowledge and social stigmas as well as suggested that participants' attitudes towards seeking help improved. Findings are discussed within the context of participants' perceived and actual change as well as participants' suggestions for how the intervention could be improved.

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