Parental Attitudes towards Seeking Professional Help for their Children: A Community Sample from the Sultanate of Oman

Alya Sultan (2010). Parental Attitudes towards Seeking Professional Help for their Children: A Community Sample from the Sultanate of Oman Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland. doi:10.1007/s10826-015-0257-9

       
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Author Alya Sultan
Thesis Title Parental Attitudes towards Seeking Professional Help for their Children: A Community Sample from the Sultanate of Oman
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
DOI 10.1007/s10826-015-0257-9
Publication date 2010-01-01
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Morawska, Alina
Total pages 77
Abstract/Summary Emotional and behavioural disorders have become increasingly common among children and adolescents. If left untreated, they are more likely to lead to dropping out of school and engaging in delinquent behaviour. The availability of evidence based interventions however, does not guarantee their utilization as only a small number of children access existing services. Research indicates that children's underutilization of services is influenced by their parents since it is the parents who make the decision to initiate or terminate health services for the child. The aim of this study was to explore parental attitudes towards childhood emotional and behavioral difficulties, beliefs about the cause of the child's problem, and their levels of satisfaction with available services. Participants in this study were 204 parents of 4-14 year old children from Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. Parents completed a series of structured questionnaires. Results showed that parental recognition for the need for psychological help is related to their stigma tolerance. In addition, parents with higher education and income had positive attitudes towards service utilization. In contrast to the hypothesis, parents' levels of education were not related to their attribution of behavioural and emotional difficulties to external forces such as spirits and superstition. Furthermore, results showed that children who presented with behavioural and emotional difficulties were more likely to have parents with emotional difficulties. Finally, parental satisfaction with available services for dealing with children's emotional and behavioural problems was positively related to parental attitudes towards service utilization. Examining factors contributing to children's service utilization from the parents' perspective is important as findings have implications for types of programs that could be delivered to the community.

 
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