Stereotype threat and African American college students' attitudes toward mental health treatment

Angela M Scott, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The theory of stereotype threat has primarily been applied within the domain of educational outcomes in understanding intellectual test performance and achievement gaps. African Americans exposed to this form of stereotype threat have been repeatedly shown to underperform on standardized tests of achievement. However, emerging evidence suggests stereotype threat impacts other aspects African Americans’ lives including motivation and decision making. This study will investigate whether activation of negative stereotypes related to African Americans’ intellectual ability will affect attitudes toward mental help-seeking. The results of this study will add to the existing literature on mental help-seeking attitudes and potentially act as a vehicle to explore the theory if stereotype threat in contexts outside which it has traditionally been examined.^

Subject Area

African American studies|Mental health|Educational psychology|Personality psychology|Higher education

Recommended Citation

Angela M Scott, "Stereotype threat and African American college students' attitudes toward mental health treatment" (2015). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3723718.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3723718

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