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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Date of Award
Mental health services--Saudi Arabians--Attitudes.
Proquest Document ID
Includes vita, Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-158).
St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas). Department of Counseling.
Size or duration
iv, 185 pages
Montilla, R. Esteban
Wooten, H. Ray
The purpose of this study was to explore the psychological attitudes of Saudi Arabian international students toward mental health services. One of the problems that prompted this research is the scarcity of scientific literature on this issue. This research used a mixed-method study convergent design with a convenience sampling of 162 for quantitative section and 35 for the qualitative. The main validated instrument used was the Beliefs About Psychological Services Scale (BAPS) along with a demography survey and some qualitative open-ended questions. The researcher found that licensed psychologists and professional counselors had the highest statistical representation of relationship with intent. In terms of the stigma factor, male participants were more likely to feel stigmatized by counseling than female participants. Females had a higher tolerance score than men. Additionally, the researcher found that most participants for qualitative part on this research described their counseling or psychotherapy experience as positive and expressed being enthusiastic about seeking mental health services. The main factors for pursuing counseling included were personal growth and development, family issues, stress management, crisis management and suicidal ideations. The barriers to counseling reported by responders were the counselor’s cultural insensitivity, discrimination, suspicions and fear of being incriminated for being from the Middle East.
Alajlan, Ruba, "Psychological attitudes of Saudi Arabian international students toward mental health counseling" (2016). Theses & Dissertations. 8.