The use of a self-affirmation intervention and group therapy to increase psychological help-seeking

dc.contributor.advisor Nathaniel G Wade
dc.contributor.author Seidman, Andrew
dc.contributor.department Psychology
dc.date 2020-09-23T19:13:20.000
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-25T21:36:26Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-25T21:36:26Z
dc.date.copyright Sat Aug 01 00:00:00 UTC 2020
dc.date.embargo 2020-09-04
dc.date.issued 2020-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>The self-stigma of seeking help is a significant barrier to utilizing psychotherapy (Vogel, Wade, & Haake, 2006). Self-stigma may also impair therapeutic factors from emerging during the therapy process itself (Kendra, Mohr, & Pollard, 2014). In order to manage fears of negative reactions, clients may conceal painful emotions, interfering with therapeutic work (Corrigan & Rao, 2012). This may help explain why the majority of clients only attend one session (Center for Collegiate Mental Health, 2018). Research has provided evidence for the ability of a self-affirmation intervention to reduce self-stigma and, via an indirect effect, increase anticipated benefits and decrease anticipated risks of self-disclosure among clients about to meet for a psychotherapy intake (Seidman, Lannin, Heath, & Vogel, 2018). However, research is needed to examine if this intervention influences actual behaviors in a therapy session. In addition, there is no known research on its effect on post-session perceptions of therapy or openness to continued help-seeking. This study tested the utility of a self-affirmation intervention to improve group therapy process variables (e.g., cohesion) and increase openness to continued help-seeking (i.e., less public stigma, self-stigma, increased attitudes and intentions). This study also sought to replicate and extend upon findings from a previous study (Wade et al., 2011), which demonstrated that attending a single session of group therapy reduces self-stigma compared to a waitlist condition.</p>
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dc.identifier.articleid 9231
dc.identifier.contextkey 19236814
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20200902-143
dc.identifier.s3bucket isulib-bepress-aws-west
dc.identifier.submissionpath etd/18224
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/94376
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject.keywords cohesion
dc.subject.keywords group therapy
dc.subject.keywords help-seeking
dc.subject.keywords self-affirmation
dc.subject.keywords self-stigma
dc.title The use of a self-affirmation intervention and group therapy to increase psychological help-seeking
dc.type article
dc.type.genre dissertation
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thesis.degree.discipline Psychology (Counseling Psychology)
thesis.degree.level dissertation
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
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