Problems and Preferences for Source of Help Among United Arab Emirates University Students

Fatima Rashed Al-Darmaki

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    This study examined common problems experienced by Emirati college students and their help-seeking preferences. A Problem Checklist was used to collect data from 450 participants. Factor analysis of the Checklist revealed three reliable factors (personal-interpersonal problems, mood problems, and academic problems). Results indicated that Emirati college students regarded 21 problems of the 34 as minor. The remaining thirteen were perceived as moderate. Women reported experiencing personal-interpersonal and mood problems more than men. The majority of participants preferred self-reliance in dealing with problems, or sought help from family or friends. Advisors and faculty members were consulted more than counselors for academic-related problems. Findings are discussed within the context of the UAE culture.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)293-308
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


    • Academic-career problems
    • Emirati college students
    • Help-seeking preferences
    • Personal-interpersonal problems
    • Psychological problems

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Applied Psychology
    • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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