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Research Article

Economic Value of Counseling Services as Perceived by University Students in Japan:A Contingent Valuation Survey

Hajime Sueki*

 

Department of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Human Sciences, Wako University, Machida, Tokyo, Japan

Corresponding Author:
Hajime Sueki
Department of Psychology and Education
Faculty of Human Sciences, Wako University
2160 Kanai-machi, Machida-shi
Machida, Tokyo 195-8585, Japan
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Received date: August 07, 2013; Accepted date: September 19, 2013; Published date: September 25, 2013

Citation: Sueki H (2013) Economic Value of Counseling Services as Perceived by University Students in Japan:A Contingent Valuation Survey. J Psychol Psychother 3:127. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000127

Copyright: © 2013 Sueki H. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Mental health issues in the student population seem to be increasing and have resulted in an increase in the number of counselors. Such increase in student counseling services is observed even in Japan and is an important research topic. However, no study has examined the economic value of these services in the Japanese context. This study aimed to evaluate perceptions of the economic value of student counseling services among university students in Japan. A study using the contingent valuation method was conducted in which 462 university students were included. Data on sex, age, grade, annual household income, and experience of using student counseling services were compiled. The main outcome was based on willingness to pay (WTP) for availing student counseling services. Study participants indicated a median WTP of JPY 2,796 (USD 27.96) per year. Although lifetime experience of using student counseling services had a positive effect on their WTP, factors such as, sex, age, annual household income, and present use of student counseling services had no effect. Previous experience of receiving counseling influences students’ perception of its economic value.This study clarified university students’ perception of the monetary value of student counseling services, and these findings provide information useful to policy makers.

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