College Students’ Attitudes Toward Counseling for Mental Health Issues in Two Developing Asian Countries

Author/s: Angus C. H. Kuok, Jafar Rashidnia

DOI: 10.12738/spc.2019.4.1.0056 

Year: 2019 Vol: 4 Number: 1

Abstract

This study examines 300 college students in Iran and China. It clarifies that students from China have more positive attitudes toward counseling than those from Iran using a quantitative survey with well-established existing scales in the literature. The regression tests show different indictors for college students’ attitudes toward mental health counseling in these two developing countries. Anticipated risk has been found as the most negative and powerful predictor of attitudes toward counseling in Iran. Stigma has been found as the most negative and powerful predictor of attitudes toward counseling in China. Implications have been discussed for educational departments and governments to advocate positive evaluations on mental health counseling services.

Keywords
Attitudes toward counseling, Anticipated risk, Stigma, Iranian, Chinese

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