A test of the inventory of attitudes towards seeking mental health services

Philip Hyland, Daniel Boduszek, Katie Dhingra, Mark Shevlin, Rebecca Maguire, Kevin Morley

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This study investigates the construct validity, composite reliability and concurrent validity of the Inventory of attitudes towards seeking mental health services (IASMHS). A large sample of Irish police officers (N = 331) participated in the study. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the three-factor structure of the scale, while composite reliability results demonstrated that the IASMHS possessed excellent internal reliability. Structural equation modelling indicated that help-seeking propensity was the strongest predictor of intentions to engage in psychological counselling followed by psychological openness. Neuroticism was a weak, significant predictor of intentions. Implications of these results are discussed in relation to improving utilisation rates of mental health services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-412
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2015


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