Date of Award
Morgridge College of Education, Counseling Psychology
Patton O. Garriott
P. Bruce Uhrmacher
Business, Distress, Faculty, Help-seeking, Higher education, Phenomenology
An ever-increasing number of students on college campuses are experiencing distress, and not all students in need of care are being reached (Kitzrow, 2009, LeViness, et al., 2019). Faculty are one of the most valuable resources for identifying and connecting students to care (Kitzrow, 2009). Despite this, we know very little about the experiences of faculty working with students in distress. This study sought to understand those experiences, as well as identify the barriers to connecting students to care. A qualitative study using an Interpretive Phenomenology framework was conducted (Smith & Osborn, 2007, Moustakas, 1994). Four themes were interpreted from the interviews: Shepherding, Armoring, Drifting, and Anchoring. These findings indicate that, for those studied, effective interventions for supporting faculty on college campuses would be to create opportunities to support faculty members’ work by sharing teaching values and supporting the development of “anchors”. By creating better interventions for faculty, more students struggling with their mental health can get connected to the resources they need.
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Lillian V. Clark
Received from ProQuest
Clark, Lillian V., "Faculty Facilitation of Help-Seeking on Campus: A Phenomenological Study" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2109.
Higher education administration, Counseling psychology, Mental health