Addressing Psychological Challenges: Attitude of Medical Students in Oman

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Authors:
Miriam A Simon, Oman Medical College, Sultanate of Oman
Smitha Elizabeth, Oman Medical College, Sultanate of Oman
Ngozichukwu Mafiana, Oman Medical College, Sultanate of Oman
Amal Al Ghailani, Oman Medical College, Sultanate of Oman
Email: vbenuy01@mail.bbk.ac.uk
Published: November 19, 2018
https://doi.org/10.22492/ijpbs.4.2.05

Citation: Simon, M. A., Elizabeth, S., Mafiana, N., & Al Ghailan, A. (2018). Addressing Psychological Challenges: Attitude of Medical Students in Oman. IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijpbs.4.2.05


Abstract

Emotional challenges and mental health issues are common among young adults, especially college students. College students also experience multiple barriers with regard to help-seeking behavior for psychological difficulties. This study, conducted at the Oman Medical College (OMC), aimed to explore the help-seeking behavior of medical students for psychological needs. The Inventory of Attitudes towards Seeking Professional Help for Psychological Problems was used. Results from 393 medical students indicated moderate levels of personal privacy and stigma with regard to help seeking for psychological difficulties, but they believed in the effectiveness of counseling and psychotherapy. Obtaining an insight into help-seeking behavior for psychological needs would further facilitate provisions for effective psychological counseling service delivery on campus.

Keywords

college counseling, help-seeking, Oman