Advocacy for controversial social issues has become more visible in recent years within the field of psychology. Professional organizations in psychology routinely offer stances regarding current social issues. Previous research has revealed that rural mental health providers report several barriers to engagement in social justice advocacy. These concerns have focused on the possible impact of advocacy on client treatment utilization, noting values conflicts with members of the community. However, quantitative analyses from the potential patient's perspective have yet to be published to test these reported clinician concerns. This research aims to establish if advocacy for controversial issues negatively influences patients' likelihood of seeking psychological services. It also aims to identify if ideological congruence with advocacy positions increases the likelihood of seeking psychological services.
Waugh, Patrick, "Potential Risks of Controversial Advocacy for Rural Mental Health Professionals From a Patient Perspective" (2021). IdeaFest. 397.