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

Jorge Ballesteros, Alicia Giac Thao 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)
JournalJournal of American College Health
StateAccepted/In press - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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