Measuring the willingness to seek help

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This paper describes the creation and validation of an instrument designed to measure an individual’s willingness to seek help. The instrument, a questionnaire with twenty-five statements in Likert format, is based on the theoretical perspective of Alan Keith-Lucas, who perceived the willingness of a person to seek help as contingent on three conditions: recognition of the need for outside assistance, readiness for self-disclosure, and willingness to relinquish some degree of control to a helper. Tests of discriminant and divergent validity as well as inter-item reliability generated promising results for this new research tool. The full questionnaire is presented in an appendix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-82
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Dec 1999


  • Clienthood
  • Help-seeking
  • Help-seeking behavior
  • Helping
  • Helping relationship
  • Willingness to seek help

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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