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Evaluating mental health literacy amongst US college students: a cross sectional study

Evaluating mental health literacy amongst US college students: a cross sectional study

Gorczynski, Paul ORCID: 0000-0001-8876-8935 and Sims-Schouten, Wendy (2022) Evaluating mental health literacy amongst US college students: a cross sectional study. Journal of American College Health. ISSN 0744-8481 (Print), 1940-3208 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2022.2063690)

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Abstract

Objective: This study examined levels of mental health literacy amongst US university students, as well as relationships between mental health literacy, help-seeking behaviors, and mental health outcomes. Participants: Three hundred and twenty-six (326) US university students participated in this study online. Methods: Participants filled out questionnaires that assessed their mental health literacy, intentions to seek support, psychological distress, wellbeing, and self-compassion. Results: The mean mental health literacy score was 123.96 (SD = 16.01). Women scored significantly higher than men (p < .01) on mental health literacy. Individuals who had a previous mental disorder diagnosis had significantly higher scores than those with no previous diagnosis (p < .01). A significant positive relationship was found between mental health literacy and self-compassion (p < .01). Conclusions: Our research highlights significant differences between women and men in relation to mental health literacy, psychological distress, and help-seeking behavior. There is a need to design culturally competent interventions that involve diverse students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health; gender; health education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 03 May 2022 16:26
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/35708

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