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ERIC Number: ED497406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Mental Health Service Usage by Students Attending an Historically Black College/University
Henderson, Floyd T., II; Geyen, Dashiel; Rouce, Sandra D.; Griffith, Kimberly Grantham; Kritsonis, William Allan
Online Submission, Lamar University Electronic Journal of Student Research, v5 Sum 2007
The advent of a changing world market and global economy has intensified the pressure experienced by today's college students. Competition for jobs, admittance into graduate school programs, and membership into prestigious honor societies led Dr. Richard Kadison, chief of mental health services at Harvard University and author of "College of the Overwhelmed" to indicate that nearly 50% of college students are likely to suffer some degree of depression while enrolled in college (Rose Williams, 2006). Of these students, African American college students demonstrate low rates of seeking mental health assistance for their psychological distress. The issues cited most frequently for these low rates of assistance include "mistrust of White therapists, attitudes toward mental health problems, and African American spirituality" (So, Gilbert, & Romero, 2005, pg 806). The present study examined samples of predominantly African American students collected at a Historically Black College/University (HBCU). Through utilization of the College Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Psychosocial Issues Inventory, the present study examined the trend of students attending a HBCU and their endorsement of mental health seeking attitudes. Results demonstrated that the attitudes toward obtaining mental health assistance have decreased among students classified as freshmen and sophomore, but demonstrated a notable increase amongst juniors and seniors. (Contains 7 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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