Date of Award

5-1-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Lyle

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert W. Waymer

Abstract

This study described the attitude of African-American college sfudents toward seeking and utilizing mental health services. One hundred and one survey participants were selected for the study utilizing purposive sampling. The survey participants were composed of African-American college students enrolled in one ofthe institutions of higher learning in the Atlanta University Center (AUC). The survey utilized a four-part continuum Likert scale. The findings indicated that both male and female college students in the AUC have a negative attitude toward seeking and utilizing mental health services. The test statistic was chi-square. The analysis indicated that there was not a statistically significant relationship between the variables attitudes toward seeking and utilizing mental health services and gender. However, the analysis indicated that there was a statistically significant relationship between the variables attitudes toward seeking and utilizing mental health services and past experiences with a mental health service provider at the 0.05 level of probability.

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