A Multifactorial Model of the Medical Help-Seeking Behavior of Patients with Depressive and Neurotic Disorders
Objectives. To identify the factors responsible for the duration of the period from the onset of mental impairments to seeking medical help. Materials and methods. A total of 166 in-patients with neurotic disorders associated with stress and somatoform and affective disorders were studied. Clinical-psychopathological, history-taking, and psychometric methods were used. Results and conclusions. These studies established that a model of the time to seeking medical help by patients with neurotic disorders was multifactorial in nature and was characterized by strong multiple correlations (r = 0.85). The model developed here predicts the time to seeking medical help both individually for each patient and for the group of patients, and this may provide the grounds for creating a program to accelerate medical help-seeking.
Keywordsseeking medical help coping strategies neurotic disorders depressive disorders
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