Research has consistently shown that perceptions of stigma in relation to receiving professional psychological help can be a barrier to the seeking of mental health services. However there are no known validated scales available for the assessment of stigma in relation to receiving help from employee assistance program (EAP) counselling services ("EAP Treatment Stigma") often provided by professionals in psychology, counselling or social work.
The Brief EAP Treatment Stigma Scale (BETSS-4) was developed by Workreach Lab to address this gap in instrumentation. It is designed to assess an individual’s perception of stigma in relation to receiving help from employee assistance program (EAP) counselling services.
Analyses conducted with working Canadians indicated that the scale has high reliability and validity and is suitable for the assessment of perceptions of EAP treatment stigma in working populations (Milot, 2019)
Higher scores correlate with a lower self-reported likelihood of accessing EAP counselling services in the event of personal problems