College students’ disclosure of mental health problems on campus
Journal of American College Health
Objective: To explore, in two studies, student experiences with disclosing diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health problems to faculty, staff, and peers. Participants: Participants for both studies were college students at two 4-year public universities. Study 1 was conducted in June 2016 and Study 2 in August 2017. Methods: In Study 1, participants had a formal diagnosis of a mental health condition, were registered for accommodations, and completed semi-structured interviews (n = 6). In Study 2, participants (n = 66) were mostly non-diagnosed and completed an online survey. Results: Study 1 interviews were coded for interactions with faculty (52% positive, 40% negative), staff (100% positive), and peers (31% positive, 54% negative). In Study 2, participants reported better experiences disclosing to peers than faculty. Disclosure experience varied by type of mental health problem. Conclusions: Collaboration across campus and community agencies will better support students with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health problems.
California State University
Accommodations, college students, disability, disclosure, mental health
Erin L. Woodhead, Christina Chin-Newman, Kristina Spink, Marlon Hoang, and Sara A. Smith. "College students’ disclosure of mental health problems on campus" Journal of American College Health (2021): 734-741. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2019.1706533