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The application of the theory of planned behavior to help-seeking intention in a Chinese society

Mak, Hio and Davis, J. Mark (2014). The application of the theory of planned behavior to help-seeking intention in a Chinese society. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology: the international journal for research in social and genetic epidemiology and mental health services,49(9):1501-1515.

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IRMA ID 82975804xPUB4
Title The application of the theory of planned behavior to help-seeking intention in a Chinese society
Author Mak, Hio
Davis, J. Mark
Journal Name Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology: the international journal for research in social and genetic epidemiology and mental health services
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 49
Issue Number 9
ISSN 0933-7954   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84887267628
Start Page 1501
End Page 1515
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication Germany
Publisher Springer Medizin
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Purpose
This study tested the efficacy of Ajzen’s theory of planned behavior (TPB) in explaining intention to seek mental health services and compared the traditional TPB model with a TPB partial mediation model. It also aimed to understand factors related to intention to seek mental health services in Macao to inform local policies.

Method

The present study consisted of two phases: (a) a pilot study to develop belief-based measures used in the main study, and (b) a cross-sectional study to investigate the application of TPB in understanding help-seeking intention. In the main study, 337 Macao residents (age range 18–65) participated in a survey conducted in the community.

Results

The TPB partial mediation model was better than the traditional TPB model in explaining help-seeking intention in Macao. The model also suggested that attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioral control were all significant predictors of help-seeking intention. However, symptom severity, prior help-seeking, and gender did not significantly directly predict help-seeking intention.

Conclusion

Preference for the TPB partial mediation model may be culturally relevant. The implications of the findings are discussed in relation to the salient beliefs about help-seeking. Limitations and recommendations for future research are provided.

Keywords Theory of planned behavior
Mental health service
Help-seeking
Macao
Chinese
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00127-013-0792-x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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