Antecedents of Instrumental Interpersonal Help-Seeking: An Integrative Review
Article first published online: 5 APR 2012
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Chan, M. E. (2012), Antecedents of Instrumental Interpersonal Help-Seeking: An Integrative Review. Applied Psychology:An International Review. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-0597.2012.00496.x
- Article first published online: 5 APR 2012
Drawing from research across various fields of psychology—social, educational, organisational, counseling and clinical psychology—this paper provides an integrative review of the antecedents of interpersonal help-seeking behavior. Predicated on the Theory of Planned Behavior, the proposed model describes how person, task, and situation factors influence individuals' decision to seek interpersonal help for goal-directed or instrumental purposes. This paper also contributes to help-seeking research by (i) adopting a constellation approach to examine how various salient beliefs mediate between these exogenous factors and people's help-seeking decision and behavior, (ii) providing a multi-level perspective on help-seeking behavior, and by (iii) highlighting the moderating role of expectancy in people's decision to seek interpersonal help.