Appraisals and Self-Perceptions in Relation to Overcoming Barriers to Seeking Help: Longitudinal and Experimental Assessments


InvestigatorsDr. Michael Wohl, Carleton University
Dr. Diane Santesso, University of Winnipeg
Research Priority
Identify factors (individual or societal) that increase an individual's motivation to seek and commit to treatment and/or change.
FundingFocused Research  ($129,512)
Project StatusCompleted


Project Summary

The aim of the proposed research is to identify characteristics that (a) facilitate and perpetuate the behaviour, resulting in an escalation to disordered levels, (b) hinder readiness to change as well as seek help, and (c) promote willingness to engage in behavioural change and treatment seeking. Moreover, in light of the paucity of longitudinal research assessing the underlying factors that place barriers to treatment seeking, we will conduct follow-up sessions to monitor treatment seeking over time to determine factors that may be harbingers of seeking behaviour and isolate factors that hinder treatment seeking or engagement in self-initiated abstention. Once accomplished, this research will place us in a position to follow up with studies that attempt to identify intervention methods that promote treatment seeking.


Kim, H.S. & Wohl, M. J. A. (2015). The Bright Side of Self-Discontinuity: Feeling
        Disconnected With the Past Self Increases Readiness to Change Addictive
        Behaviors (via Nostalgia). Social Psychological and Personality Science,
(2), 229-237. doi:10.1177/1948550614549482

Kim, H.S., Wohl, M. J. A., Salmon, M. & Santesso, D. (2017). When do gamblers
        help themselves? Self-discontinuity increases self-directed change over
        time. Addictive Behaviors, 64,148-153. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.08.037

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