Openness to help-seeking for mental illness among Greek-Cypriots

N. Alexi, K. Moore, M. Argyrides

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to test a model of people’s willingness to seek help for mental illness whether currently diagnosed or not. A cross-sectional design was used to test this model in a non-clinical convenience sample of Greek-Cypriots. Participants were 196 Greek-Cypriots living in Cyprus (age M = 34.50 years, SD = 14.16). They provided demographic data on their age, gender, SES and whether diagnosed or not with a mental illness, from whom they have/would seek help for a mental illness, and their willingness to seek help. They completed the Inventory of Attitudes towards Seeking Mental Health Services, the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Support, and the Practical Barriers in Seeking Mental Health Services Scales, translated into Greek for this study. Approximately 24% of the sample reported being diagnosed with a mental illness within the past 12 months, and around a third of these people were taking prescribed medication. Willingness to seek help across all participants was predicted negatively by stigma and positively by openness to help. The findings of the current study extend our previous limited understanding of the factors affecting people’s willingness to seek help or their intentions towards the use of mental health services among Greek-Cypriots. Future research should consider whether there are any differences in help-seeking behaviours and motivations across people experiencing different disorders. Despite this limitation in the current data, these results can, in general terms, be used to inform policy in Cyprus for mental health promotions and interventions especially with respect to fostering an open attitude towards mental illness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)990-998
    Number of pages9
    JournalHealth Promotion International
    Volume33
    Issue number6
    Early online date14 Aug 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

    Fingerprint

    Mental Health Services
    Cyprus
    mental illness
    mental health
    health service
    Foster Home Care
    Health Promotion
    Motivation
    Mental Health
    Demography
    General Terms
    Equipment and Supplies
    health promotion
    medication
    gender

    Cite this

    Alexi, N. ; Moore, K. ; Argyrides, M. / Openness to help-seeking for mental illness among Greek-Cypriots. In: Health Promotion International. 2018 ; Vol. 33, No. 6. pp. 990-998.
    @article{195eb0f200e443fb80673e705cdaabae,
    title = "Openness to help-seeking for mental illness among Greek-Cypriots",
    abstract = "The aim of this study was to test a model of people’s willingness to seek help for mental illness whether currently diagnosed or not. A cross-sectional design was used to test this model in a non-clinical convenience sample of Greek-Cypriots. Participants were 196 Greek-Cypriots living in Cyprus (age M = 34.50 years, SD = 14.16). They provided demographic data on their age, gender, SES and whether diagnosed or not with a mental illness, from whom they have/would seek help for a mental illness, and their willingness to seek help. They completed the Inventory of Attitudes towards Seeking Mental Health Services, the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Support, and the Practical Barriers in Seeking Mental Health Services Scales, translated into Greek for this study. Approximately 24{\%} of the sample reported being diagnosed with a mental illness within the past 12 months, and around a third of these people were taking prescribed medication. Willingness to seek help across all participants was predicted negatively by stigma and positively by openness to help. The findings of the current study extend our previous limited understanding of the factors affecting people’s willingness to seek help or their intentions towards the use of mental health services among Greek-Cypriots. Future research should consider whether there are any differences in help-seeking behaviours and motivations across people experiencing different disorders. Despite this limitation in the current data, these results can, in general terms, be used to inform policy in Cyprus for mental health promotions and interventions especially with respect to fostering an open attitude towards mental illness.",
    author = "N. Alexi and K. Moore and M. Argyrides",
    year = "2018",
    month = "12",
    doi = "10.1093/heapro/dax040",
    language = "English",
    volume = "33",
    pages = "990--998",
    journal = "Health Promotion International",
    issn = "0957-4824",
    publisher = "Oxford University Press",
    number = "6",

    }

    Openness to help-seeking for mental illness among Greek-Cypriots. / Alexi, N.; Moore, K.; Argyrides, M.

    In: Health Promotion International, Vol. 33, No. 6, 12.2018, p. 990-998.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Openness to help-seeking for mental illness among Greek-Cypriots

    AU - Alexi, N.

    AU - Moore, K.

    AU - Argyrides, M.

    PY - 2018/12

    Y1 - 2018/12

    N2 - The aim of this study was to test a model of people’s willingness to seek help for mental illness whether currently diagnosed or not. A cross-sectional design was used to test this model in a non-clinical convenience sample of Greek-Cypriots. Participants were 196 Greek-Cypriots living in Cyprus (age M = 34.50 years, SD = 14.16). They provided demographic data on their age, gender, SES and whether diagnosed or not with a mental illness, from whom they have/would seek help for a mental illness, and their willingness to seek help. They completed the Inventory of Attitudes towards Seeking Mental Health Services, the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Support, and the Practical Barriers in Seeking Mental Health Services Scales, translated into Greek for this study. Approximately 24% of the sample reported being diagnosed with a mental illness within the past 12 months, and around a third of these people were taking prescribed medication. Willingness to seek help across all participants was predicted negatively by stigma and positively by openness to help. The findings of the current study extend our previous limited understanding of the factors affecting people’s willingness to seek help or their intentions towards the use of mental health services among Greek-Cypriots. Future research should consider whether there are any differences in help-seeking behaviours and motivations across people experiencing different disorders. Despite this limitation in the current data, these results can, in general terms, be used to inform policy in Cyprus for mental health promotions and interventions especially with respect to fostering an open attitude towards mental illness.

    AB - The aim of this study was to test a model of people’s willingness to seek help for mental illness whether currently diagnosed or not. A cross-sectional design was used to test this model in a non-clinical convenience sample of Greek-Cypriots. Participants were 196 Greek-Cypriots living in Cyprus (age M = 34.50 years, SD = 14.16). They provided demographic data on their age, gender, SES and whether diagnosed or not with a mental illness, from whom they have/would seek help for a mental illness, and their willingness to seek help. They completed the Inventory of Attitudes towards Seeking Mental Health Services, the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Support, and the Practical Barriers in Seeking Mental Health Services Scales, translated into Greek for this study. Approximately 24% of the sample reported being diagnosed with a mental illness within the past 12 months, and around a third of these people were taking prescribed medication. Willingness to seek help across all participants was predicted negatively by stigma and positively by openness to help. The findings of the current study extend our previous limited understanding of the factors affecting people’s willingness to seek help or their intentions towards the use of mental health services among Greek-Cypriots. Future research should consider whether there are any differences in help-seeking behaviours and motivations across people experiencing different disorders. Despite this limitation in the current data, these results can, in general terms, be used to inform policy in Cyprus for mental health promotions and interventions especially with respect to fostering an open attitude towards mental illness.

    UR - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Openness+to+help-seeking+for+mental+illness+among+Greek-Cypriots

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85061542202&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    U2 - 10.1093/heapro/dax040

    DO - 10.1093/heapro/dax040

    M3 - Article

    VL - 33

    SP - 990

    EP - 998

    JO - Health Promotion International

    JF - Health Promotion International

    SN - 0957-4824

    IS - 6

    ER -