How Do Chinese International Students View Seeking Mental Health Services?




acculturation, Chinese international students, gender, help-seeking behaviors, mental health


This study explored how Chinese international students view seeking mental health services. One hundred and ten Chinese international students responded to the Attitude Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale–Short Form (ATSPPH-SF) and a demographic questionnaire. Results of our data analysis revealed no significant main effects of the demographic factors (gender, length of stay in the United States, and awareness of on-campus counseling services) on attitudes toward seeking mental health services. However, awareness of on-campus counseling services was found to be a mediating factor in the relationship between gender and students’ mental health help-seeking attitudes. Based on the findings, we make recommendations on how student affairs professionals can better serve the mental health needs of Chinese and other international students.

Author Biographies

Huan Chen, Harding University, USA

HUAN CHEN, EdS, is a graduate of the Cannon-Clary College of Education, Harding University, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas. Her research interests include play therapy, multicultural counseling, and counselor education

Usenime Akpanudo, Harding University, USA

USENIME AKPANUDO, EdD, is an Associate Professor and Director of Research Initiatives in the Cannon-Clary College of Education, Harding University. His major research interests lie in the area of schools as organizations and professional identity.

Erin Hasler, Harding University, USA

ERIN HASLER, EdS, is a graduate of the Cannon-Clary College of Education, Harding University. Her major research interests lie in the area of child and adolescent behavior, counseling modalities, and the effects of social media.


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How to Cite

Chen, H., Akpanudo, U., & Hasler, E. (2020). How Do Chinese International Students View Seeking Mental Health Services?. Journal of International Students, 10(2), 286–305.