Mental Health and Minority Stressors Among Multiply Minoritized Students: Implications for University Counseling Services Utilization

Students holding multiply minoritized identities (MI; i.e., identities within multiple oppressed groups across race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class) report greater discrimination, feelings of invisibility, and concerns about being stereotyped (Remedios & Synder, 2018). These types of minority stressors also associated with poorer mental health. However, it is unknown if explicitly holding multiple MIs confers poorer mental health via higher minority stressors, and differential use of student counseling services (SCS). Thus, the present study focused on these relations. 

Akanksha Das, MA

clinical psychology PhD student

Miami University

Akanksha is a rising 4th year clinical psychology PhD student at Miami University. Broadly, she is interested in understanding the mechanisms of structural oppression on the mental health and wellbeing of minoritized members of our community. More specifically, she hopes to study how we can leverage structural- and individual-level factors to promote equitable wellbeing. At the structural level, she hopes to seek an understanding of what factors sustain or resist oppression, such as the critical consciousness of people in positions of power. At the individual-level, she seeks to identify the psychophysiological responses to minority stress in hopes to leverage the mind and body connection and promote wellbeing.

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