Help-Seeking and Help-Giving In Student-Athletes: Efficacy and Quality
Mental health concerns are growing within collegiate athletics. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate (1) help-seeking and help-giving sources of athletes, (2) the quality of athlete help-giving, (3) and the ability of self-efficacy, other-efficacy, and RISE to predict help-seeking and help-giving sources and the quality of athlete help. An online survey (comprised of efficacy beliefs, help-seeking and help-seeking intentions, and an open-ended help-giving quality question) was completed by 124 Division 1 women’s soccer players (M = 19.91 SD =1.36). The open-ended help-giving quality question was rated using the teen Mental Health First Aid Action Plan. Frequency counts revealed that student-athletes were most likely to seek help from mental health professionals (82.3%) and teammates (77.4%). They were also most likely to refer others to mental health professionals (88.7%) and other teammates (70.2%). Athlete’s help-giving quality was moderate (M = 4.78 on a range of 0-10). Hierarchal regressions revealed self-efficacy significantly predicted help-seeking (b = .233 p < .05) and help-giving (b = .657, p < .05). Further, self-efficacy (b = .796, p < .05) and other-efficacy (b = -.106, p < .05) predicted help-giving quality. Results from this study support the need for adequate mental health resources for student-athletes and a need for increased training to better prepare athletes to feel confident to assist their peers with mental health issues.
Sanford, Kimberly. (July 2022). Help-Seeking and Help-Giving In Student-Athletes: Efficacy and Quality (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/11102.)
Sanford, Kimberly. Help-Seeking and Help-Giving In Student-Athletes: Efficacy and Quality. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, July 2022. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/11102. October 02, 2022.
Sanford, Kimberly, “Help-Seeking and Help-Giving In Student-Athletes: Efficacy and Quality” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, July 2022).
Sanford, Kimberly. Help-Seeking and Help-Giving In Student-Athletes: Efficacy and Quality [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; July 2022.
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