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Volume 3 Issue 3 (August 1993), Pages fmi-fmi, 173-234

Radio psychology: A comparison of listeners and non‐listeners (pages 197-211)


The major objective of this study was the application of help‐seeking models to the study of radio psychology. A total of 443 subjects was divided into two research groups, non‐listeners (n = 246) and listeners (n = 197) to at least one of two Israeli radio counselling programmes dealing with parent‐child and interpersonal relationships. Through telephone interviews the subjects' responses to the instruments designed specifically for this type of study were reported: listening motivations, attitudes towards psychological help and reasons for non‐listening. The results revealed that while listeners do not necessarily perceive themselves as help‐seekers they, as well as the non‐listeners, attributed listening to the motivations of curiosity, comparison with others and attaining psychological knowledge. The results suggested that listening to radio psychology programmes is a means of facilitating the earlier stages of the help‐seeking process.

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