Date of Completion
Dr. Rachel Tambling, PhD, LMFT
Human Development and Family Studies
Second Honors Major
Clinical Psychology | Counseling Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Educational Psychology | Health Psychology | Higher Education | School Psychology | Social Work
Research indicates that traumatic experiences can impact college students’ mental health, academic abilities, and relationships with peers. Trauma and associated symptoms of PTSD can lower students’ well-being and increase the risk of withdrawing from the university. Research also emphasizes the importance of psychological help-seeking as a way to experience posttraumatic growth. This study examines traumatic experiences, help-seeking attitudes, barriers, and behaviors, and posttraumatic growth in a sample of 168 undergraduate college students. Results indicated an overwhelming preference for informal help-seeking resources and the importance of traumatic severity in the decision to seek help. Additionally, female participants reported greater traumatic severity and more positive help-seeking attitudes than male participants. This is a vital area of research; by understanding the variables mentioned above, clinicians and researchers can better help college students and improve their attitudes toward psychological help.
Burrick, Aaron J., "Responding to Trauma: Help-Seeking Behavior and Posttraumatic Growth in a College Sample" (2014). Honors Scholar Theses. 373.