Seeking psychosocial care after interpersonal violence: An integrative model

Author(s)Schreiber, Viola, Renneberg, Babette, Maercker, Andreas
Title Seeking psychosocial care after interpersonal violence: An integrative model
Source Violence and Victims, New York, 2009, Vol. 24, Iss. 3; p. 322.
Date 2009
Document type Journal article
URL http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/10/634
Summary This study examines the low rate of mental health help-seeking after traumatisation and the observed gap between self-assessed need and help-seeking. Barriers to mental health help-seeking are discussed, together with theories on help-seeking. An integrative model is proposed with five central concepts: interpersonal traumatisation, perceived problem, wish for treatment, treatment intention and help-seeking, which are supplemented by the influencing variables. The implications of the proposed model are discussed, such as the model providing an integrative framework for theory and empirical studies and as a means of communication between the different parties engaged in the field of mental health.
Keywords Trauma; mental health; help-seeking; psychosocial care.
Topic Psychological effects and treatment.