Hyland, Philip, Boduszek, Daniel, Dhingra, Katie, Shevlin, Mark, Maguire, Rebecca and Morely, K (2015) A Test of the Inventory of Attitudes toward Seeking Mental Health Services. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 43 (4). ISSN 0306-9885

This study investigates the construct validity, composite reliability, and concurrent validity of
the Inventory of Attitudes toward Seeking Mental Health Services(IASMHS; Mackenzie, Knox, Gekoski, & Macaulay, 2004). A large sample of Irish police officers participated in the study. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the 3-factor structure of the scale, while composite reliability results demonstrated that the IASMHS possessed excellent
internal reliability. Structural equation modelling indicated that help-seeking propensity was the strongest predictor of intentions to engage in psychological counselling followed by
psychological openness. Neuroticism was a weak, significant predictor of intentions. Implications of these results are discussed in relation to improving utilization rates of mental
health services.

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