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The Influence Of Stigma On Help Seeking Attitudes For Depression, Margaret Jordan Halter Jan 2003

The Influence Of Stigma On Help Seeking Attitudes For Depression, Margaret Jordan Halter

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Major depression is a common, debilitating, and life threatening illness, and its treatment may be hampered by stigma. There have been a limited number of studies that link stigma and help seeking attitudes for depression. The purpose of this descriptive correlational study was to identify the relationship between stigmatizing attitudes and help seeking behavior. Also of interest was the impact of person-level variables that may be associated with a person's desire to seek help. Goffman's Stigma Theory and Weiner's Attribution Theory served as theoretical foundations. Data were collected by questionnaires distributed to patients (N = 117) waiting to ...