Addressing mental health needs on college campuses: utilizing recovery principles that encourage a holistic approach, self-responsibility, strengths-based practice, cultural sensitivity, and family support
Research shows that there has been a significant increase in mental health issues within the college student population. Applying recovery-oriented principles as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) may be an effective approach to creating and adapting mental health resources for college students. In the current study, literature on the following was reviewed: (a) the college culture, (b) the prevalence of mental health issues for college students, and (c) recovery-oriented principles. Then, a critical analysis of the literature was conducted based upon the following recovery-oriented principles: (a) encouraging a holistic approach, (b) self-responsibility and self-empowerment, (c) strengths-based practice, (d) cultural sensitivity), and (e) family support. Findings indicate that holistic resources highlight individual needs and creativity; programs that encourage self-responsibility underscore the importance of self-screenings; strengths-based approaches are centered around building self-esteem and increasing positive emotions; culturally sensitive resources are often group-oriented and acknowledge multiple facets of diversity, and programming that promotes family support emphasizes psychoeducation and stigma reduction. Based upon the integration of these findings, adaptations of current efforts on campus to promote these principles, as well as new ideas, are provided.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dissertations (PsyD) -- Psychology; College students -- Mental health -- Treatment; Mental health services -- Evaluation
Date of Award
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Jackson, Michelle B., "Addressing mental health needs on college campuses: utilizing recovery principles that encourage a holistic approach, self-responsibility, strengths-based practice, cultural sensitivity, and family support" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 611.