Attitudes towards seeking psychological help among a sample of Turkish university students: the roles of rumination and internal working models

Turan N., Erdur-Baker O.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING, vol.42, no.1, pp.86-98, 2014 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03069885.2013.831031
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.86-98


The current study investigates how attitudes towards seeking psychological help relate to internal working models of attachment (self-model and other-model) and ruminative tendencies. The study includes 589 Turkish university students (278 females, 308 males and 3 unknown) by implementing a convenient sampling procedure. The average age of the participants was 22.4 years (SD = 2.2). Participants were administered the Attitudes toward Seeking Psychological Help-Short, the Relationship Questionnaire and the Rumination Scale. The results of the study indicate that the other-model and rumination have a relationship to women's help-seeking attitudes whereas the self-model has a relationship to men's help-seeking attitudes. The results are discussed in light of the related literature.