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Understanding Counselling Seeking Behaviour: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour

Hyland, Philip and Boduszek, Daniel (2011) Understanding Counselling Seeking Behaviour: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. In: The 33rd Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland, 1st - 2nd April 2011, University College Cork, Ireland. (Unpublished)

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This research examined the differential utility of two alternative Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) models of behaviour to explain intentions to participate in counselling. Individuals (N = 259) employed in a front-line, at-risk occupation for the Irish government completed a TPB-based questionnaire. Quantitative analyses revealed that participants held positive-to-neutral intentions to participate in counselling, irrespective of gender. The original TPB model explained 47% of variance in intentions whereas an alternative TPB model, splitting the PBC construct between its internal and external control components, explained a further 10% of variance. Furthermore, self-efficacy was found to be the strongest predictor of intentions. This study therefore supports the use of the TPB in understanding counselling-seeking behaviour.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Daniel Boduszek
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 16:32
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:23


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