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J Psy Nurs. 2022; 13(2): 133-138 | DOI: 10.14744/phd.2022.75002

Perception of stigma and attitudes toward seeking psychological help among nurses working in a rehabilitation hospital

Fatma Helin Yılmaz1, Kerime Derya Beydag2
1Department of Nursing, Ankara City Hospital, Ankara, Türkiye
2Department of Nursing, İstanbul Gedik University Faculty of Health Sciences, İstanbul, Türkiye

INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to examine the attitudes toward seeking psychological help and associated stigma among nurses at a physical therapy and rehabilitation hospital in Istanbul, Türkiye.
METHODS: The study sample consisted of 160 nurses working at a single hospital in April-August 2019. The data were collected using a descriptive characteristics questionnaire, the Attitude Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help-Short Form (ATSPPH-SF), and the Stigma Scale for Receiving Psychological Help (SSRPH).
RESULTS: In the group, 18.8% of the nurses reported that they had received professional psychological support, and 28.8% stated that they would hide it from their friends if they received psychological support. The mean SSRPH score was 10.51±1.9 and the mean ATSPPH-SF score was 27.46±2.92. A weak negative relationship was observed between the scale scores (p<0.05).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The nurses who expressed a stronger view of stigma attached to psychological care expressed a more negative view about seeking psychological help. Additional efforts to raise awareness of the benefits of mental health care among and by healthcare staff could help to reduce the stigma and ensure better quality of life.

Keywords: Attitude, nurse, seeking psychological help, social exclusion

Fatma Helin Yılmaz, Kerime Derya Beydag. Perception of stigma and attitudes toward seeking psychological help among nurses working in a rehabilitation hospital. J Psy Nurs. 2022; 13(2): 133-138

Sorumlu Yazar: Kerime Derya Beydag, Türkiye
Makale Dili: İngilizce
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