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The bolstering effect of conceptual priming on psychological help-seeking attitudes in men

Yousaf, O and Popat, A (2015) 'The bolstering effect of conceptual priming on psychological help-seeking attitudes in men.' Journal of Mental Health, 24 (6). pp. 347-350. ISSN 0963-8237

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Abstract

Background:- It is a well-established finding that men are often unwilling to engage with mental health services, and that they hold negative attitudes toward psychological help-seeking. Consequently, men's psychological problems often remain untreated, which in turn can compromise their quality of life. Aims:- The present experiment addresses this problem using a conceptual priming paradigm from social psychology called Scrambled Sentence Test as an intervention to change men's negative attitudes toward psychological help-seeking. Method:- The Scrambled Sentence Test works by asking participants to unscramble sentences that unbeknownst to them include priming words - in this case, openness and communication-related words. Sixty-nine men completed the task (with priming or control words) under the instructions of a condition-blind experimenter. Results:- The primed group showed more positive attitudes (Mdn = 56.5) toward seeking psychological help compared to controls (Mdn = 40.0), p < 0.01; r = 0.38. Conclusion:- The findings are the first to suggest that conceptual priming of this kind can be used an as effective and time-efficient intervention by mental health professionals to encourage men to seek help for psychological problems.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: attitude change, help-seeking,men, mental health, priming
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 16:46
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 17:03
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