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A Mixed Methodological Investigation of Institutional Climate, Mental Health Service Utilization, and Wellness among Black College Students at a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI)

 

Theme: Mental Health Among Marginalized Communities
Project Title: A Mixed Methodological Investigation of Institutional Climate, Mental Health Service Utilization, and Wellness among Black College Students at a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI)
GranteeSeanna Leath, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia; Martinque Jones, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas
Grant Period: April-September 2020

Abstract
Black students contend with culturally specific concerns (e.g.,-ism’s, discrimination, and marginalization), which can undermine their mental health and academic performance. Despite their need, Black students are hesitant to seek mental health services for various reasons (e.g., mental health stigma). However, few studies have investigated how institutional climate explains Black student’s service utilization and subsequent wellness, namely mental health and academic engagement. The proposed project will utilize secondary data from the Healthy Minds Study (a multi-institutional initiative), and qualitative data from 40 Black students attending two culturally distinct universities to explore connections between institutional climate, mental health service utilization, and wellness.