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Help-Seeking by Parental Caregivers of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Dual Diagnosis

Authors
  • Werner, Shirli1
  • Stern, Ira1
  • Roth, Dana2
  • Tenenbaum, Ariel3
  • 1 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Center for Disability Studies, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work & Social Welfare, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, 91905, Israel , Jerusalem (Israel)
  • 2 Beit Issie Shapiro, Research and Evaluation Department, Ra’anana, Israel , Ra’anana (Israel)
  • 3 Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Down syndrome and the IDD Evaluation Centers, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel , Jerusalem (Israel)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Jan 02, 2019
Volume
46
Issue
3
Pages
321–333
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10488-018-00915-w
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

This study examined the roles of stigma and of enabling factors in help-seeking by parental caregivers of individuals with intellectual disabilities and dual diagnosis. Questionnaires were completed by 195 family caregivers. Lower family stigma was related to higher personal enabling factors (e.g. knowledge about services and previous experience in seeking help), which in turn was related to higher help-seeking behaviors. Higher professional enabling factors (e.g. attitude of the professional, services in the vicinity) were related to higher intentions to seek help, which were related to higher help-seeking behaviors. Professionals can help families achieve a greater sense of self-efficacy in their own help-seeking process by providing them with knowledge about services and facilitating a more positive experience in the process.

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