Observing the Relationship between Health Locus of Control and Help-Seeking Attitudes: A Multicultural Perspective
Prior research has suggested that race/ethnicity and health locus of control (LOC) have an impact on mental health help-seeking attitudes. We investigated the relationship between these variables by administering a survey to 197 participants. We also explored the relationship between passive or active spiritual LOC and help-seeking attitudes. We found that White participants were more likely to seek out psychological help from primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals compared to all other ethnic groups, which supported our second hypothesis. Also, all other ethnic groups were more likely to seek out spiritual help for psychological issues compared to White populations, which supported our third hypothesis. Through our exploratory analyses, we found that active spiritual LOC was significantly positively correlated with psychological closedness, while it was only marginally positively correlated with self-stigma and help-seeking stigma. We also found that passive spiritual LOC was significantly positively correlated with psychological closedness and help-seeking stigma. These results suggest that non-White populations may be more likely to seek out non-psychological help. Therefore, future interventions should include cooperation with spiritual or community leaders who are more likely to interact with individuals struggling in non-White populations.
Cruz Matias, Jaymmy; English, Erica A.; and Stamper, Alan J.
Observing the Relationship between Health Locus of Control and Help-Seeking Attitudes: A Multicultural Perspective.
The Graduate Review, 7, 81-90.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/grad_rev/vol7/iss1/11