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Table 9 Barriers to seeking professional help for alcohol misuse

From: Australian adolescents’ beliefs and help-seeking intentions towards peers experiencing symptoms of depression and alcohol misuse

  Agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Disagree
I would solve my problem myself 523 21.2% 967 39.3% 621 25.2% 295 12.0%
I think I should work out my own problems 511 20.7% 1051 42.7% 585 23.7% 256 10.4%
I’d be too embarrassed to talk to a counsellor 445 18.1% 809 32.8% 696 28.3% 452 18.3%
Adults can’t understand adolescent problems 315 12.8% 573 23.3% 837 34.0% 673 27.3%
Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t have time to see a counsellor 213 8.6% 534 21.7% 868 35.2% 790 32.1%
A counsellor might make me do what I don’t want to 404 16.4% 811 32.9% 668 27.1% 517 21.0%
I wouldn’t want my family to know I was seeing a counsellor 532 21.6% 698 28.3% 605 24.6% 569 23.1%
I couldn’t afford counselling 241 9.8% 490 19.9% 731 29.7% 941 38.2%
Nothing will change the problems I have 139 5.6% 310 12.6% 835 33.9% 1118 45.4%
If I go to counselling, I might find out I’m crazy 192 7.8% 393 16.0% 778 31.6% 1043 42.3%
If I went for help, the counsellor would not keep my secret 302 12.3% 548 22.2% 683 27.7% 871 35.4%
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