Tell us how you really feel : using the Implicit Association Test to measure attitudes towards seeking psychological help

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dc.contributor.advisor Aegisdottir, Stefania
dc.contributor.author Walrath, Taylor R.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-10T16:33:14Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-10T16:33:14Z
dc.date.created 2013-05-04
dc.date.issued 2013-05-04
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/197185
dc.description.abstract In this study, an Implicit Association Test (IAT) was created to measure individuals attitudes towards seeking psychological help. The IAT was administered prior to the Beliefs About Psychological Services scale (BAPS; Ægisdóttir & Gerstein, 2009) to examine the relationship between the implicit and explicit measures of attitudes toward seeking psychological help. It was theorized that the implicit measure would be less affected by social desirability and unconscious attitudes than the explicit measure. Standardizing revealed that IAT scores reflected less belief in the expertness of psychology professionals than did BAPS scores. However, participants reported greater intent to seek psychological help on the BAPS compared to the IAT. BAPS scores reflected higher stigma towards psychological services compared to the IAT. Correlations between the implicit and explicit measure were moderate for stigma and perceived expertness of psychology professionals but low for intent to seek psychological help.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
dc.subject.lcsh Help-seeking behavior -- Public opinion.
dc.subject.lcsh Psychotherapy -- Public opinion.
dc.subject.lcsh Attitude (Psychology) -- Testing.
dc.title Tell us how you really feel : using the Implicit Association Test to measure attitudes towards seeking psychological help en_US
dc.title.alternative Title on signature form: Tell us how you really feel : using the IAT to measure attitudes towards seeking psychological help
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1713810


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