Date of Paper/Work
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
Type of Paper/Work
Kerry Frank, Consuelo Cavalieri
This study examined the help seeking behaviors of African American emerging adults attending a predominantly Caucasian university in the Midwest. Facets considered included one’s racial ethnic cultural identity, level of cultural mistrust, preference for counselor race, use of close relationships for support and attitudes towards seeking professional psychological help. Qualitative inquiry was employed to explore the nature of help seeking interactions with friends, peers, family and the university system. Interviewees included a cohort pool represented by eight females and one male of the African American student body, all of which were interviewed by the primary researcher, a Caucasian female. All nine interviews were transcribed by the primary researcher and then processed by a research team consisting of two Caucasian females and one African American male resulting in seven categories and 26 subcategories. Implications of the findings are discussed and recommendations for university counseling centers provided.
emerging adult, African American, REC identity, covering, cultural mistrust, help seeking, preference for counselor race, intersectionality
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Baillargeon, Jane E. H., "The Help Seeking Behaviors of Students of Color: Factors Influencing the Utilization of Mental Health Resources on a College Campus" (2014). Professional Psychology Doctoral Projects 2011-2014. 31.