Under the face mask: Racial-ethnic minority student-athletes and mental health use

Jorge Ballesteros, Alisia G.T.T. Tran

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Objective: To investigate racial-ethnic minority student-athletes’ (REMSA) symptoms of distress (mental health need), mental health use (usage rate), and factors that influence mental health usage. Participants: There were 241 varsity athletes (African American = 108, Latinos = 66, Asian American= 67) from the American College Health Association Fall 2015 data set. Results: Seventy-eight percent of REMSA reported some form of mental health need and only 11% of these athletes in need reported using mental health services in the past year. Additionally, a binominal logistic regression was run to identify demographic and mental health predictors of mental health use. Higher stress (β = 1.58, OR = 3.49, p <.01) and having upperclassman standing (β = 1.07, OR = 3.91, p <.05) predicted service use for athletes. Conclusions: Mental health professionals should be aware of the high mental health need for REMSA and the low usage rate of mental health services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-175
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Mental health services
  • racial-ethnic minorities
  • student-athletes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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