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Spring 2020


Meeting the demands of a rigorous schedule for a student athlete can be challenging. The appearance of perceived public stigma and self-stigma may interfere with the student athlete’s attitudes toward help seeking, creating a negative relationship between attitudes toward seeking help and the action of seeking help. This study examined college student athlete attitudes toward seeking mental health help in association to perceived public stigma, self-stigma and athletic identity. The sample consisted of 39 college student athletes who participate in a team sport within the Atlantic 10 conference in Division 1 of the NCAA. The cross sectional approach used the SSOSH, SSRPH, AIMS and ATSPPHS to measure each variable. The result showed a significant negative correlation between perceived public stigma and attitudes along with self-stigma and attitudes. The implications of the findings suggest more direct outreach for college student athletes suffering from mental health problems.