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Examining whether Self-esteem and traits of Alexithymia influence university student’s attitudes towards help-seeking

Cormac O’Hora, Róisín (2018) Examining whether Self-esteem and traits of Alexithymia influence university student’s attitudes towards help-seeking. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Objective: The current study aimed to examine if self-esteem and traits of alexithymia influenced individual’s attitude towards help-seeking. College students are of interest due to the transition they make from school to college as this can be a difficult time (adjustment wise). There is research on positive self-esteem, gender differences towards attitudes and alexithymic individuals having higher levels of depression and psychological suffering. Therefore, to investigate these variables and discover what we can do to aid individuals would be of importance.

Methods: The study consisted of 108 college (part-time and full-time students) participants, with 33 males and 75 females. The participants were asked demographic questions and were measured on three scales; the Rosenberg Self-esteem scale, the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and the Inventory of Attitudes Toward Seeking Mental Health Services scale (IASMHS).

Results: Alexithymic traits were the strongest predictor of attitudes towards help-seeking. Males had a more positive attitude towards help-seeking then females and individual’s scores going down from high self-esteem to medium self-esteem had more positive attitudes towards help-seeking.

Conclusion: Findings from this study indicate that individuals with alexithymic traits present are having a more positive attitude towards help-seeking over those with none and that alexithymia is a strong predictor of attitudes. It also indicates that males are more positive over females in attitudes. These results should be further examined as they play a major role in why people would be more inclined to help-seek or not.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 08:50
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2018 08:50

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