Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 519–526 | Cite as

Stigma and Attitude of Mental Health Help-Seeking Among a Sample of Working Versus Non-working Egyptian Women

  • Marwa Mohamed ZalatEmail author
  • Eman Mohamed Mortada
  • Omnia Samir El Seifi
Original Paper


This study was conducted to assess the level of mental health difference between working and non-working women, to explore their stigma and attitude toward seeking psychological help for mental-health problems. World Health Organization’s Self-reporting questionnaire (SRQ-20), adoption of Discrimination–Devaluation scale (D–D) scale for measuring self-stigma and attitude toward Seeking Mental Health Services (IASMHS) Inventory were used. The sampled teachers reported a higher attitude towards seeking mental health services when compared to housewives. Social support and personal stigma were the main factors that significantly predict total IASMHS. Although working females are more susceptible to mental health disorders, yet less stigmatized towards mental health problems and a better attitude for seeking mental health services than housewives.


Mental health Attitude Working women Inventory Mental health services 



The authors dedicate their sincere appreciation to the participating teachers, and housewives for their cooperation and participation, similarly, we express our gratitude to the principals of schools for their help in facilitating data collection.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declared no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marwa Mohamed Zalat
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Eman Mohamed Mortada
    • 2
    • 3
  • Omnia Samir El Seifi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of MedicineTaibah UniversityAl Madinah CitySaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of Community, Occupational and Environmental MedicineZagazig UniversityZagazig CityEgypt
  3. 3.Health and Rehabilitation Sciences CollegePrincess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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