Honors Program


Date of this Version

Spring 3-15-2021

Document Type



Sánchez, S. 2021. Psychosocial Factors Predicting Adult Help Seeking Behaviors in Ethnic and Racial Minorities. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska - Lincoln.


Copyright Sophia Sanchez 2021.


The present study surveyed psychosocial predictors of help seeking behaviors in minority emerging adults. Students taking psychology courses at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (N = 1290 for Fall 2020, N = 124 for Spring 2021) responded to questions regarding religiosity, mainstream and heritage acculturation, perceived parental attitudes towards psychotherapy, and a free-response item examining understanding of psychotropic medications. Mainstream acculturation was a significant contributor in predicting help seeking behaviors, while heritage acculturation was not. Further, perceived parental attitudes only predicted adult help seeking proclivity when taking into account mainstream acculturation. Future research should use qualitative methods to further elucidate these predictive factors, in addition to recruiting BIPOC participants.