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05.08.2022 | COVID-19 | Brief Report

Stigma and Intentions to Seek Psychotherapy Among Primary Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mediational Analysis

verfasst von: Wilson T. Trusty, Joshua K. Swift, Heidi J. Higgins

Erschienen in: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

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Abstract

Background

Medical personnel have reported increases in psychological distress and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, many providers, including primary care providers (PCPs), face significant stigma related to personal mental healthcare. However, the process by which stigma affects help-seeking among PCPs is unclear.

Method

Between January and May 2020, 112 PCPs completed a survey of perceived public stigma, self-stigma, attitudes, intentions to seek psychotherapy for depression, and a clinical vignette on patient referrals to psychotherapy.

Results

Self-stigma and attitudes toward psychotherapy sequentially mediated the relationship between perceived public stigma and intentions to seek psychotherapy. PCPs were more likely to refer a depressed patient to psychotherapy than seek personal psychotherapy, but lower personal help-seeking intentions were associated with lower referral intentions.

Conclusion

These results clarify processes by which stigma hinders PCPs’ psychotherapy use and highlight interventions to encourage their help-seeking. Addressing cultural and practical barriers in the medical field is needed to reduce stigma.
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Metadaten
Titel
Stigma and Intentions to Seek Psychotherapy Among Primary Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mediational Analysis
verfasst von
Wilson T. Trusty
Joshua K. Swift
Heidi J. Higgins
Publikationsdatum
05.08.2022
Verlag
Springer US
Schlagwort
COVID-19
Erschienen in
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Print ISSN: 1070-5503
Elektronische ISSN: 1532-7558
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-022-10119-0

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