College Student Preferences of Telepsychiatry
To identify differences in preferences related to telepsychiatry among college students who have and have not been diagnosed with a mental health condition in the last year.
Students (n = 537) at a medium-sized Midwestern university (Mage = 21 years; 71% female).
A quantitative, causal-comparative design using an adapted version of the National College Health Assessment (NCHA). Differences in preferences among groups were analyzed by chi-square and Cramer’s V analyses with a 95% confidence interval.
Students did not differ in their preferences or perceptions (confidentiality, time, cost, effectiveness) of face-to-face in-person compared to telecommunication treatment environments despite their mental health history. A majority of students (76%) would prefer seeing their regular provider if using telepsychiatry in the future.
Implementing a higher education telepsychiatry model, especially within college health centers, could help students’ access much-needed services while breaking down barriers such as transportation and wait lists.
Journal of American College Health
Schuh, W. (2021). College student preferences of telepsychiatry. Journal of American College Health. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2021.1908305
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Article published in Journal of American College Health, advance online publication, https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2021.1908305