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Journal of Korean Academy of psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2024;33(2):170-180.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12934/jkpmhn.2024.33.2.170    Published online June 30, 2024.
Factors Affecting College Students’ Intention to Seek Professional Psychological Help: Focused on the Theory of Planned Behavior
Geun Sil Yook1  , Sung Hee Shin2 
1Master, Department of Nursing, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
2Professor, College of Nursing Scienece, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
대학생의 정신건강 관련 전문적 도움 추구 의도에 영향을 미치는 요인: 계획된 행동 이론을 중심으로
육근실1  , 신성희2 
1경희대학교 일반대학원 간호학과 석사
2경희대학교 간호과학대학 교수
Correspondence:  Sung Hee Shin, Tel: +82-2-961-0917, Fax: +82-2-961-9398, 
Email: sunghshin@khu.ac.k
Received: 20 May 2024   • Revised: 16 June 2024   • Accepted: 19 June 2024
Abstract
Purpose
To identify influences and pathways on college students’ intentions to seek professional pyschological help, focusing on the theory of planned behavior.
Methods
This was a cross-sectional descriptive study conducted using a structured questionnaire. The study sample comprised 428 college students who were attending a 4-year university located in Seoul and Gyeonggi, Korea. Collected data were checked through path analysis using SPSS 25.0 and AMOS 20.0.
Results
Factors that directly influenced college students’ professional psychological help-seeking intentions significantly were attitude toward seeking professional help and perceived behavioral control. Subjective norms and self-stigma indirectly affected the intention to seek professional help for psychological problems, mediated by the attitude toward seeking professional help. These variables were found to explain 11.2% of college students’ intention to seek professional psychological help. Variables that directly influenced college students’attitudes toward seeking professional help were subjective norms and self-stigma. These variables were found to explain 32.3% of college students’ attitudes toward seeking professional help.
Conclusion
It is necessary to have a positive attitude toward pursuing professional psychological help in nursing interventions to increase college students’intention to seek professional help for psychological problems.
Key Words: Intention; Mental health; Students; Attitude; Help-seeking behavior
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