Should I confide? Investigating Relationships between Self-esteem, Self-efficacy, General Mental Health and Help-seeking behaviours.

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Ashe, Emily
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of the present study was to examine correlational relationships between self-esteem, self-efficacy, general mental health and help-seeking behaviours within an Irish context. Gender and age were also considered within the sample. The study was a quantitative correlational between subjects design using self-report measures to assess 91 participants (f = 53, m = 38, 18-40yrs = 58, 40yrs plus = 33). Multiple regression analysis showed a significant positive correlation between self-esteem and general mental health. An independent samples t-test found that participants of 40 years plus reported lower levels of self-esteem. The positive correlation found between self-esteem and general mental health did not support previous research but may be of interest for future research examining variables which affect general mental health within an Irish context. The difference in self-esteem levels may be an important finding in relation to investigating factors which affect self-esteem in older adulthood. Author Keywords: self-esteem, self-efficacy, mental health, help-seeking