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College Student Perspectives of Telemental Health: a Review of the Recent Literature

Authors
  • Hadler, Nicole L.1
  • Bu, Paula2
  • Winkler, Aaron3
  • Alexander, Amy W.3
  • 1 University of Michigan Medical School, 1301 Catherine Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA , Ann Arbor (United States)
  • 2 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA , New York (United States)
  • 3 Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA , Stanford (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current Psychiatry Reports
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jan 06, 2021
Volume
23
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11920-020-01215-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Purpose of ReviewWe review the recent literature regarding college student experiences with and attitudes toward telemental health (TMH). We examine their perspectives of the advantages and drawbacks to this form of mental healthcare and their willingness to engage in TMH.Recent FindingsCollege students view TMH as convenient, accessible, easy to use, and helpful. TMH helps to overcome the barrier of stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment. Despite positive reviews, many students find a lack of customization or connection to the provider to be drawbacks to some forms of TMH. Willingness to engage in TMH varies based on prior experience with mental health treatment, ethnicity, and severity of symptoms.SummaryThe recent literature highlights the potential for TMH to play a key role in mental health services for college students. It also highlights some of its shortcomings, which are indicative of the continued need for in-person services. Future studies should continue to track college student perspectives toward and utilization of TMH.

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