Universal online interventions might engage psychologically distressed university students who are unlikely to seek formal help

Ryan, Megan L., Shochet, Ian M., & Stallman, Helen M. (2010) Universal online interventions might engage psychologically distressed university students who are unlikely to seek formal help. Advances in Mental Health, 9(1), pp. 73-83.

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University students are a high risk population for mental health problems, yet few seek professional help when experiencing problems.

This study explored the potential role of an online intervention for promoting wellbeing in university students, by investigating students' help-seeking behaviour, intention to use online interventions and student content preference for such interventions; 254 university students responded to an online survey designed for this study.

As predicted, students were less likely to seek help as levels of psychological distress increased. Conversely, intention to use an online intervention increased at higher levels of distress, with 39.1%, 49.4% and 57.7% of low, moderate and severely distressed students respectively indicating they would use an online program supporting student well-being.

Results suggest that online interventions may be a useful way to provide help to students in need who otherwise may not seek formal help.

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ID Code: 38229
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Early Intervention, Psychological Distress, Internet, University Student, HERN, Help Seeking
ISSN: 1837-4905
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 eContent Management Pty Ltd.
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2010 00:29
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:03

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