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College Student Mental Health---Identification of Risk and Protective Factors

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Length: 50 minutes

Sessions offered by Division 17.

This symposium will provide a rare glimpse into the mental health concerns of college students who are not currently seeking treatment and aid in the identification of risk and resiliency factors for such concerns. In spring of 2010, the Center for College Mental Health (CCMH) partnered with Student Voice to conduct a survey of students at 45 colleges and universities. Participants, in addition to providing demographic information, were asked to complete the CCAPS-62, a measure of college student mental health distress. After accounting for missing and invalid responses, 18,725 students provided usable data, the vast majority of whom were not currently seeking treatment. The co-chairs of the symposium will briefly describe the study methodology. The first paper will present data examining family and peer support as potential moderators of the relationship between unwanted sexual contact and academic distress in both treatment-seeking and non-treatment-seeking samples of college students. The second paper will identify distress level and other variables (e.g., social support, religiosity) that may differentially predict mental health concerns for the ego-syntonic and ego-dystonic drinker. The third paper will examine how college students may vary in risk for developing eating disorders by examining a wider range of sexual orientation categories than used in previous research, after controlling for treatment status, gender identity, and risk factors of victimization and harassment. To conclude the symposium, a discussant representing the university counseling center practice community will provide commentary about how these findings have the potential to influence service delivery on college campuses.

Learning Objective 1
Identify risk factors that influence eating concerns, substance abuse distress, and academic distress for sexual survivors in college students.

Learning Objective 2
Identify protective factors that influence eating concerns, substance abuse distress, and academic distress for sexual survivors in college students.

Presenters: Kathleen J. Bieschke, PhD (CoChair); Jeffrey A. Hayes, PhD (Cochair); Janelle Sheridan, Med; Allison Lockard, MA; Jamie Graceffo, MA


Supplementary Materials

  • College Student Mental Health