Depressive symptoms and mental health treatment in an ethnoracially diverse college student sample

Steve Herman, Olga G. Archambeau, Aimee N. Deliramich, Bryan S.K. Kim, Pearl H. Chiu, B. Christopher Frueh

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Abstract

Objectives: To study (a) the prevalence of depressive symptoms and (b) the utilization of mental health treatment in an ethnoracially diverse sample consisting primarily of Asian Americans, European Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Participants: Five hundred eighty-nine college students. Method: A questionnaire packet that included the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) was administered to students in introductory psychology courses. Results: (a) There were no differences among ethnoracial groups in levels of depressive symptoms as measured by the CES-D; (b) 71% of participants with high levels of depressive symptoms had not received any mental health treatment in the previous 12 months; and (c) European Americans were 3.7 times more likely to have received mental health treatment in the previous 12 months than other students. Conclusion: Outreach efforts designed to improve utilization of mental health treatment services by depressed college students, especially by members of ethnoracial minority groups, should be increased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)715-720
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume59
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale
  • depression
  • disparities
  • ethnic and racial differences
  • treatment utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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