Title

Factors in decisions to seek help from self-help and co-located community mental health agencies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2002

Abstract

This study examined 673 new users of co-located mental health self-help agencies run by consumers and community mental health agencies to evaluate the relative importance of predisposing, enabling, and need factors in site selection. Although need dominated help site choice, clients' attitudes toward the helpfulness of mental health treatment and their fears of coerced or inadequate care played an important role in setting choice, a choice indicative of a more complex motivational dynamic in help seeking.

Publication Title

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

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