Information seeking and concern for mental well-being

Cynthia K Lindley, Purdue University


Mental health concerns among college students are quite prevalent, but the help-seeking practices of this population are hindered by a variety of barriers. Help-seeking for mental health concerns in its earliest (and most common) form is ultimately information-seeking, which has been identified as a process with specific predictors that has the potential to lend structure to the myriad help-seeking barriers and facilitators. In an effort to apply and extend the Theory of Motivated Information Management (TMIM; Afifi & Weiner, 2004), the current study asked college students experiencing concerns for their mental well-being to report details of their circumstances. The results demonstrate some support for the TMIM in this context as well as the impact of important characteristics of mental health and interpersonal issues on the information-seeking process.




Venetis, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Mental health|Communication

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