Counsellor Deliberate Self-Disclosure and Therapy Seeking Behaviours among Kenyan Undergraduate Students in Kenyan Universities

  • James Agutu
  • Peter Aloka
  • Nevert Kevogo
Keywords: counsellor, deliberate self-disclosure, therapy seeking behaviours, undergraduate students, Kenyan universities


The study examined the relationship between counsellor deliberate self-disclosure and therapy seeking behaviours among undergraduate students in Kenyan universities. This study was informed by the Social Comparison Theory. The study utilized the convergent parallel mixed methods design. A sample size of 352 students were obtained using stratified random sampling. The Deliberate Self-disclosure questionnaire and Intentions to Seek Therapy Inventory (ISCI). The internal validity of the constructs in the questionnaires was tested by subjecting the survey data to suitability tests using the Kaiser-Meyer-Oklin measure of sampling adequacy (KMO Index) and the Bartlett’s Test of Sphericity. Cronbach’s alpha coefficient analysis was used to investigate the internal consistency of the questionnaires. Quantitative data were analysed using inferential statistics in form of Pearson Correlation coefficient and simple linear regression analysis while qualitative data was analysed thematically. The findings indicated a significant positive, but weak, correlation between counsellors’ deliberate self-disclosure and Therapy seeking behaviour (r=.140, n=352, p=008) among university students. The study recommends that the university counsellors counsellors should be trained on the effective use of self-disclosure as a technique in therapy practice.