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dc.contributor.advisor Iyiegbuniwe, Emmanuel en_US
dc.contributor.author Lewis, Tasha
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-06T23:28:29Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-06T23:28:29Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12-06
dc.date.submitted 2018-12-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/207174
dc.description.abstract African American/Black college students are less likely to utilize mental health services, when compared to other races or ethnicities in the United States. It must be noted that in general, Black college students have unique experiences that affect their mental health. However, there is paucity of published research and information in the literature on the utilization of mental health services by this population of college students. This study was conducted to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the shared barriers and facilitators that affect Black students in seeking and utilizing mental health services at the main campus of California State University San Marcos. Primary data collection involved two qualitative focus group discussions with a total of 20 self-identified Black/African American undergraduate students who are enrolled for classes during the Fall of 2018 semester. Semi-structured interviews were administered on separate days to the two focus groups. The participants were asked questions that assessed their mental health knowledge, attitudes and beliefs, and personal experiences in accessing and utilizing mental health services on campus. Results from the study identified a total of 4 themes as being barriers to accessing and utilizing mental health services: racism/discrimination on campus, lack of Black mental health counselors on campus, cultural perceptions of mental health, and stigma. There were no facilitators identified in utilizing mental health services on campus. The results of the study suggest a greater need to: (1) employ more providers who are Black mental health counselors/psychologists, (2) explore the necessity for additional alternative mental health treatments for Black students, such as group discussions, or group therapy, etc., (3) train faculty members and campus staff on cultural competencies to minimize potential biases and discrimination, and (4) promote inclusiveness through mental health outreach for Black students. It is hoped that these findings may play a significant role in increasing mental health service utilization and treatment for Black students at CSUSM. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Public Health en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Mental Health en_US
dc.subject Black en_US
dc.subject African American en_US
dc.subject College en_US
dc.subject University en_US
dc.subject Barriers en_US
dc.subject Access en_US
dc.subject Treatment en_US
dc.subject Intervention en_US
dc.title Mental Health and African American CSUSM Students: Barriers and Facilitators to Care en_US
dc.genre Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Santos, AsherLev en_US

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