Acceptability of mental health services for anxiety and depression in an Arab sample

Rony Kayrouz*, Blake F. Dear, Eyal Karin, Vincent J. Fogliati, Milena Gandy, Liliane Keyrouz, Edmond Nehme, Matthew D. Terides, Nickolai Titov

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    The aim of this paper was to examine the acceptability and use of mental health services in an Arab sample. An Internet survey was made available to Arab people worldwide and enquired about the acceptability of traditional face-to-face and internet-delivered mental health services. Five hundred and three participants were recruited via media and Facebook promotions. Of those surveyed, 36% (183/503), 46% (233/503), and 73% (365/503) reported that they would be willing to consult a mental health professional, take prescription medication and try an internet-delivered psychological treatment, respectively. Moderate to high acceptability rates for mental health services were found in this sample of Arab people. High acceptability of internet-delivered treatments among the current Arab sample, provides the opportunity for directing resources to the development of internet-delivered interventions to help reduce the stigma and burden of mental disease in the Arab world.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)875–883
    Number of pages9
    JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
    Issue number6
    Early online date24 Jan 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


    • Arabs
    • mental health services
    • internet-delivered treatments
    • anxiety and depression


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