The purpose of the study was to identify factors influencing mental health help-seeking behavior among women in the community.Methods:
A cross-sectional design was used. Participants were 402 women in South Korea. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson's correlation coefficient, and a path analysis by IBM SPSS 21.0 and AMOS 21.0.Results:
There was a significant, but weak positive correlation between perceived need and help-seeking intentions for formal mental health help (r = 0.09, p < 0.05). In the path analysis, significant the factors influencing help-seeking intentions were perceived need, attitude, and belief toward mental illness, and the attitude of them had the greatest effect. These factors accounted for 12.2% of the total variance, and the model fit was acceptable.Conclusion:
The findings of the study reveal that positive mental illness interpretation and consequence can predict mental health help-seeking behavior of women as well as the perceived need for mental health help.