Examining Help-Seeking Intentions of African American College Students Diagnosed with Depression

Amelia Ubesie, Cong Wang, Li Wang, Elana Farace, Kisha Jones, Yendelela Cuffee

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A depressed African American emerging adult’s intention to seek help can be affected by the severity of their mental health or perception of self-flourishing, or positive mental health. Using the Healthy Minds Study, a nationally representative dataset, utilization of mental health services among African American emerging adult students who have been diagnosed with depression by a health professional (n = 201), and the mediating effect of positive mental health on help-seeking intentions were examined. The findings revealed that 89.45% of students reported help-seeking intentions, and they may have one or more than one way of seeking help from a professional clinician, roommate or friend, or significant. The findings show that there are specific groups of people that African Americans prefer to engage with when addressing their mental health. It is critical that we consider these groups when developing interventions or programs for their service access on college campuses and beyond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-484
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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