Factors Influencing on Mental Health Help-seeking Behavior Among Korean Women: A Path Analysis

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The purpose of the study was to identify factors influencing mental health help-seeking behavior among women in the community.


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.


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.


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.

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