Introduction: The latest reports show that mental health of young population has been compromised and largely dependent upon early detection and intervention (Hamdan Mansour,Shehadeh, Hamdan-Mansour, 2020). Therefore, counseling is crucial to improve early identification and provide management and addressing attitudes towards seeking professional psychological help would enable procedures that motivate university students to seek psychological counseling, and consequently, lessening psychological problems.
Purpose of the study: This study is addressing such topic by examining students’ attitudes towards seeking psychological counseling, and the sociodemographic and psychological predictors of seeking professional psychological counseling among university students.
Design: A, cross-sectional descriptive correlational design was used. Data collected in relation to attitudes toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale and stress using self-administered questionnaire.A convenience sampling technique used to recruit 363 university students from 12 university level colleges in Jordan.
We found that students have negative attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help although suffering moderate to high level of psychological distress. Moreover, academic year, psychological distress was the significant
predictors of students’ attitudes. The results indicate that students with higher level of psychological distress and being older are more likely to seek psychological counseling.
Conclusion: This study showed that university students have negative attitudes,
in general, towards seeking professional psychological counselling. This have been connected to psychological distress and academic year. The results have an implication for academics and administrators of higher education institutions that students needs to be informed and receive appropriate education about benefits of psychological counselling