BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Date of Submission



Syed Baqar Mehdi Rizvi, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


Mental health issues are the fourth leading cause of death around the world. Pakistan also suffers significantly due to the poor mental well-being of Pakistani individuals. Despite the rising awareness, young people are reluctant to seek professional psychological help. This study looked into why people are so hesitant to seek professional psychological care. The Attitude towards Seeking Professional Psychological help score was used to measure the attitude of people toward seeking professional psychological help. Dimensions of Religiosity scale was used to measure the religiosity of the participants simultaneously. The scores were calculated and analyzed using SPSS. The variables that were studied in this study are religiosity, gender, and attitude towards professional help. Focus groups were conducted to further investigate how these variables act as barriers to seeking psychological help. The results indicated that males have a more negative attitude towards seeking professional psychological help. The results also suggested that religiosity is not correlated with attitude towards seeking professional psychological help. However, society may use gender and religiosity to stigmatize mental health, thus discouraging people from seeking professional psychological help.



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