2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Social Factors Influencing University Counseling Service Use

Lee F. Decker
Dr. Paul Shapiro, Faculty Mentor

Mental health is an important factor in higher education, and many colleges and universities in the United States offer mental health counseling services to their students. Despite this, many students who are in need of mental health-care choose not to seek out those services. Surveys are administered to the student population of Truman State University to determine whether various social factors influence student health center use. The four main social factors found to be influential are gender, spending money, embarrassment, and knowledge of counseling services. Those who were men, had less spending money, less knowledge, or more embarrassment were found to be less likely to use counseling.

Keywords: Counseling, Students, Health


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-7
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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