The Role of Public and Self-Stigma in Predicting Attitudes Toward Group Counseling

David L. Vogel, Zipora Shechtman, Nathaniel G. Wade

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Public and self-stigmas have been implicated as factors in the underutilization of individual counseling. However, group counseling is also underutilized, and yet scholars know very little about the role of different types of stigma on attitudes toward seeking group counseling. Therefore, the current study examined the relationships between public and self-stigma and attitudes toward group counseling among a sample of 491 U.S. college students. Results of structural equation modeling analyses indicated that public stigma is internalized as self-stigma and self-stigma is then negatively related to attitudes toward group counseling. Furthermore, public stigma and self-stigma explained 52% of the variance in attitudes toward seeking help.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)904-922
Number of pages19
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • attitudes
  • group counseling
  • group therapy
  • help seeking
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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