Factor structure, validation, and translation of the Inventory of Attitudes Towards Mental Health Services in a Filipino college student and migrant worker sample

Antover Tuliao, Maria Regina M Hechanova, Pocholo Andrew E Velasquez

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Abstract

This paper examined the psychometric properties of the Inventory of Attitudes Towards Seeking Mental Help (IASMHS) English and translated Filipino versions in a sample of Filipino college students and overseas migrant workers. The IASMHS three-factor solution was replicated (psychological openness, help-seeking propensity, and indifference to stigma) with both English and Filipino versions, but dropping items and adding residual covariances were needed to achieve requisites of a good model fit. Measurement invariance test indicated partial metric and scalar invariance across versions. Past use and intent to utilize mental health services were positively associated with help-seeking propensity factor, but not with psychological openness and indifference to stigma. Bivariate correlations among IASMHS factors and other help-seeking variables were also examined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-39
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy
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StatePublished - Jan 2019

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