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J Am Coll Health. 2013;61(7):398-406. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2013.820731.

Self-reported barriers to professional help seeking among college students at elevated risk for suicide.

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a Department of Psychiatry and University of Michigan Depression Center, University of Michigan , Ann Arbor , Michigan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study sought to describe self-reported barriers to professional help seeking among college students who are at elevated suicide risk and determine if these barriers vary by demographic and clinical characteristics.

PARTICIPANTS:

Participants were 165 non-treatment seekers recruited as part of a Web-based treatment linkage intervention for college students at elevated suicide risk (from September 2010 through December 2011).

METHODS:

Data were collected using Web-based questionnaires. Two coders coded students' responses to an open-ended question about reasons for not seeking professional help.

RESULTS:

The most commonly reported barriers included perception that treatment is not needed (66%), lack of time (26.8%), and preference for self-management (18%). Stigma was mentioned by only 12% of students. There were notable differences based on gender, race, and severity of depression and alcohol abuse.

CONCLUSIONS:

Efforts aimed at reaching students at elevated risk for suicidal behavior should be particularly sensitive to these commonly described barriers.

PMID:
24010494
PMCID:
PMC3788673
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2013.820731
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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