A Theory-Driven Exploration of Black Canadians’ Psychological Help-Seeking Intentions


  • Renée E. Taylor University of Windsor
  • Ben C. H. Kuo University of Windsor


The present study aimed to use the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) to explain Black Canadians’ underutilization of mental health services. The sample consisted of 294 community-based Black Canadians (84.7% female, 13.6% male). Participants completed self-report measures of relevant factors such as attitudes toward help-seeking, stigma against mental illness, and cultural mistrust. Path analyses revealed that the TPB model fits the sample data. Results also showed that integrating relevant psychological and cultural variables improved the explanatory power and fit of the model. These results provide insight into critical factors to be addressed for improving mental health service utilization among Black Canadians.

Author Biographies

Renée E. Taylor, University of Windsor

Renée E. Taylor is a doctoral candidate in adult clinical psychology at the University of Windsor. Her main interests include the mental health and well-being of Black Canadians, particularly regarding help-seeking intention and behaviour.

Ben C. H. Kuo, University of Windsor

Ben C. H. Kuo is a professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Windsor.




How to Cite

Taylor, R. E., & Kuo, B. C. H. (2020). A Theory-Driven Exploration of Black Canadians’ Psychological Help-Seeking Intentions. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 54(3), 464–485. Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/62851