The willingness to seek help: A cross-national comparison

Ben Zion Cohen, David Guttmann, Amnon Lazar

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Building on previous research that provides the basis for treating the willingness to seek help as a stable attitudinal set, present in varying degrees in different persons, and predictive of behavior, this study addresses two questions: First, to what extent is the willingness to seek help associated with culture? Second, how do the factors influencing willingness to seek help differ across cultures? Young adults in Hungary, Israel, and the United States (N = 384) provided sociodemographic information and filled out a questionnaire designed to measure their willingness to seek help. The results of the analyses indicate differences between the three countries in the overall willingness to seek help and in the variables predictive of the willingness to seek help. These differences are attributed to differential features of the cultures from which the three subsamples were drawn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-357
Number of pages16
JournalCross-Cultural Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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