ERIC Number: EJ1102188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Student-Athletes' Perceptions of Mental Illness and Attitudes toward Help-Seeking
Barnard, Jordan D.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v30 n3 p161-175 2016
Given that there is evidence that college student-athletes may be at risk for psychological disturbances (Pinkerton, Hintz, & Barrow, 1989), and possibly underutilizing college mental health services (Watson & Kissinger, 2007), the purpose of this study was to examine attitudes toward mental illness and help seeking among college student-athletes compared to college student nonathletes. The roles that athletic identity and gender play in treatment-seeking comfort were examined. Contrary to what was hypothesized, the results showed that student-athletes and nonathletes did not significantly differ in willingness to seek mental health treatment. Student-athletes perceived significantly less discrimination toward individuals based on mental illness status.
Descriptors: Mental Health, College Students, At Risk Students, Help Seeking, Gender Differences, College Athletics, Sexual Orientation, Health Services, Student Attitudes, Mental Disorders, Social Distance, Social Discrimination, Measures (Individuals), Correlation, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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