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Exploring How Perceived Threat And Self-Efficacy Contribute To College Students’ Use And Perceptions Of Online Mental Health Resources, Christopher J. Mckinley, Erin K. Ruppel May 2014

Exploring How Perceived Threat And Self-Efficacy Contribute To College Students’ Use And Perceptions Of Online Mental Health Resources, Christopher J. Mckinley, Erin K. Ruppel

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Drawing from prior fear-appeal and information seeking research, this study explored how perceived threat and self-efficacy predicted college students’ use and perceptions of online mental health resources. Results showed that perceived vulnerability was a modest, yet robust predictor of visiting any Internet website and joining an online support group, while self-efficacy modestly predicted greater perceived usefulness and trust for online support groups. Although numerous interactions emerged between self-efficacy and perceived threat, the impact of these relationships on use and perceptions of these services varied significantly. In particular, at higher levels of self-efficacy, perceived severity negatively predict use of online services ...