Social and personal determinants of help-seeking intentions among Black college students

Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology


Counseling Psychology

Content Description

1 online resource (x, 158 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

LaRae M. Jome

Committee Members

Richard F. Haase, Marcia E. Sutherland, Stacy A. S. Williams


African American, Black American, College Students, Help-Seeking Attitudes, Help-Seeking Intentions, Social Norms, African American college students, Help-seeking behavior

Subject Categories

African American Studies | Clinical Psychology | Counseling Psychology


Underutilization of mental health treatment among Black Americans in the wider community and also on college campuses, where treatment is affordable and accessible (DHHS, 2001; Hyun, Quinn, Madon, & Lustig, 2006), has been identified as a problem related to mental health disparities in the US. The relationships between cultural and psychological factors and help seeking of Black Americans have been discussed in the literature (Ayalon & Young, 2005; DHHS, 2001; Nickerson, Helms, & Terrell, 1994), but have not been fully investigated. While quantitative and qualitative studies have found or implied relationships between help-seeking intentions and cultural mistrust, help-seeking attitudes, social norms, and self-stigma, none of the studies have examined all of these variables together as predictors of help-seeking intentions for Black college students.

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