The effect of alcohol expectancies on coping, mental health and help seeking

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O'Donnell, Katie
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Alcohol abuse is a major risk factor for suicide and mental health and coping difficulties. It is estimated that less than half of those experiencing mental health problems seek professional help. This study examined the relationship between alcohol expectancies and help-seeking, coping and levels of mental health, additionally exploring gender differences within these variables. One hundred and seventy six participants, with 117 eligible for analyses, were recruited using a snowball sampling method and completed online self-report questionnaires measuring attitudes to seeking professional psychological help, coping, levels of mental health and alcohol expectancies. Significant associations were found between attitudes to help seeking and two of the alcohol expectancies. Additionally, significant relationships were found between alcohol expectancies, coping and levels of mental health. Gender differences were also observed across these variables. Results of this study could be useful in explaining alcohol use related to key concerns underpinning rates of mental health issues