Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Why Don’t Law Students Seek Help for Alcohol, Drug, and Psychological Problems?

According to an extensive study, here’s why:

The top seven factors

that would discourage respondents from seeking

help for alcohol/drug issues were

  1. potential threat to bar admission (63%),
  2. potential threat to job or academic status (62%),
  3. social stigma (43%),
  4. concerns about privacy (43%),
  5. financial reasons (41%),
  6. the belief that they could handle the problemthemselves (39%), and
  7. not having the time (36%).

The top seven factors that would discourage

respondents from seeking help for mental health

issues were

  1. potential threat to job or academic status (48%),
  2. social stigma (47%),
  3. financial reasons (also 47%),
  4. potential threat to bar admission (45%),
  5. the belief that they could handle the problem themselves (36%),
  6. not having the time (34%), and
  7. concerns about privacy (30%).

The authors argue that society needs a cultural shift that treats seeking help as perfectly normal and acceptable. Jerome Organ, David Jaffee, Katherine Bender, Helping Law Students Get the Help They Need: An Analysis of Data Regarding Law Students’ Reluctance to Seek Help and Policy Recommendations for a Variety of Stakeholders, 84 The Bar Examiner 9 (December 2015).

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