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J Am Coll Health. 2010;59(2):110-6. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2010.483714.

A meta-analysis of gender differences in attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help.

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Department of Education, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The present study aims to examine gender differences in attitudes toward professional psychological help-seeking behavior and how gender differences could be affected by other cultural factor such as race.

PARTICIPANTS:

The authors selected studies that involved undergraduate and graduate students as samples, making the total number of participants in this meta-analysis 5,713.

METHODS:

Statistical procedures were administrated by the MIX (Meta-analysis with Interactive eXplanations) program, which does meta-analyses.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:

The results indicated that gender itself was a significant predictor on attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. In addition, individual's cultural background (eg, Western versus non-Western ethnicity) moderated the gender differences on attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. Practical implications for mental health professionals in college settings were discussed.

PMID:
20864437
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2010.483714
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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