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Murphy, Donnchadh and Hennessy, Ellis (2017) Promoting college students to seek help for mental health difficulties: a social normative approach. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 19, (1), pp. 14-25. doi.org/10.1080/14623730.2017.1288155.

External website: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/r2y9CqR5bizyDgV7...

The aim of this study was to test whether an online social normative intervention would promote college students’ help seeking attitudes and intentions. To investigate this, a between-group, post-test, experimental design consisting of 207 students (69 males, 138 females), aged 18–25 years (M = 20.46, SD = 1.96) was used. Students who received the social normative feedback reported more positive help-seeking attitudes, with students who had mental health problems also reporting more positive help-seeking intentions. The findings of this study are discussed with respect to methodological considerations, and recommendations for practice and future research are provided for student counselling clinics.


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