significantly greater percentage of at-risk athletes (89%) versus non-athletes (22%) met criteria for an eating disorder in the follow-up diagnostic interview, suggesting athletes may be more likely to underreport symptoms. Although this study did not examine rates of help-seeking intentions, it can be
Shelby J. Martin and Timothy Anderson
Breanna Drew and James Matthews
explored. Thus, there is a need to better understand the psychological resilience of student-athletes and the role it plays in protecting these athletes from mental ill-health. Alongside resilience, a willingness and ability to engage in help-seeking is an important self-care behavior which can help to
Siobhain McArdle and Phil Moore
The aim of this pilot study was to explore disordered eating (DE) literacy in male and female athletes and to examine whether any gender differences were present. A related aim was to examine the moderating effect of gender on the relationship between indices of DE literacy and attitudes toward help-seeking for DE. A nonclinical sample of 133 (37% male) athletes from a variety of sports and competitive levels were recruited to complete an online questionnaire addressing a range of topics linked to DE literacy. Chi-square analysis indicated no significant gender differences on indicators of DE literacy. Findings from the survey revealed a number of beliefs conducive to low or inappropriate help-seeking for DE. The results highlight the importance of exploring DE literacy in athletes to develop more targeted interventions for this specific population.
Susan B. Nye
Seeking help with academic tasks has been regarded as an important strategy to enhance student learning (Newman, 1994; Ryan, Gheen, & Midgley, 1998; Zimmerman & Martinez-Pons, 1986). Seeking help is conceptualized as student-initiated efforts to secure task information or solicit advice when a deficiency in their understanding of the content exists (Newman & Schwager, 1995; Zimmerman & Martinez-Pons, 1986). An interpretive qualitative research design utilizing a case study approach was used to explore middle school students’ help-seeking instances during their physical education classes. Ten students (6 females and 4 males) were selected from two middle schools. The students’ participated in two semistructured interviews regarding their help-seeking behaviors. Constant comparative analysis was used to analyze the interview data. Results indicated students would seek help to clarify or enhance understanding of an activity or to get a good grade and cited reluctance to seek help owing to their desire for independent mastery or the perceived risk of embarrassment in front of their peers.
Richard E. Tahtinen and Hafrun Kristjansdottir
understand which athletes may be in an increased risk for not seeking help when symptoms emerge. Help-seeking can be defined as a behavior where an individual expresses a need for help by approaching informal (e.g., friends and family) or formal (e.g., psychologist) sources for help ( Rickwood, Deane, Wilson
Rachel S. Wahto, Joshua K. Swift and Jason L. Whipple
The purposes of this study were to (a) examine the relationships between public stigma, self-stigma, and mental health help-seeking attitudes in college studentathletes, and (b) test whether referral source would have an impact on student-athletes’ willingness to seek mental health help. Participating college student-athletes (n = 43) completed an online survey including measures of stigma (public and self), attitudes, and willingness to seek mental health help. The results indicated that public stigma and self-stigma predicted a significant proportion of variance in attitudes (66%) above and beyond gender and treatment-use history. In addition, student-athletes were more willing to seek help when referred by a family member compared with a coach (d = 0.89), a teammate (d = 1.05), or oneself (d = 1.28). The results have important implications for helping student-athletes seek mental health help when there is a need.
Robert C. Hilliard, Lorenzo A. Redmond and Jack C. Watson II
undesirable whereas self-stigma is internal and refers to the individual’s belief that he or she is viewed as unacceptable by society/others ( Corrigan, 2004 ; Vogel, Wade, & Haake, 2006 ). The role of generalized stigma in help-seeking attitudes and intentions is well established. Recently, a meta
Emily Kroshus, Jessica Wagner, David L. Wyrick and Brian Hainline
behaviors, attitudes about psychological help seeking, perceived mental health literacy, and behavioral intentions. Coaches then completed the online educational module, followed by completion of another short set of survey questions (perceived mental health literacy, behavioral intentions and perceptions
Jeffrey J. Milroy, Stephen Hebard, Emily Kroshus and David L. Wyrick
report their symptoms because they have anticipated an effective interaction with coach when in need of support. Grounded in attachment theory, the present study is, to our knowledge, the first to investigate how the relationship between coach and athlete attachment may be associated with help-seeking
Adam Kern, William Heininger, Emily Klueh, Stephanie Salazar, Barbara Hansen, Trish Meyer and Daniel Eisenberg
Student-athletes experience mental health problems, but they often encounter barriers to seeking help. This study reports findings from the pilot phase of Athletes Connected (AC), a new research and practice program at the University of Michigan addressing mental health and help-seeking behaviors among collegiate student-athletes. Members of the AC team gave presentations consisting of contact- and education-based interventions to every varsity athletic team at a large Division I Midwestern university, along with pre- and postsurvey questionnaires to measure their efficacy. The presentations included an educational overview of mental health, two videos highlighting former student-athletes’ struggles with mental illnesses, and a discussion at the end with the former athletes portrayed in the videos. A total of 626 student-athletes completed the pre- and postsurveys. Results indicated significant increases in knowledge and positive attitudes toward mental health and help-seeking. These results suggest that brief contact- and education-based interventions may be helpful in reducing stigma and promoting help-seeking behavior among college student-athletes.