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Considering that college students experience mental health issues and college counseling centers are overwhelmed, this study identifies instructors as a potential mental health resource for students. This study utilizes the theory of planned behavior to investigate the relationship between students’ attitudes, injunctive and descriptive norms, perceived behavioral control, and their intentions to engage their instructors in mental health conversations.


Participants were 311 undergraduate students at a small, private university in Southern California.


Participants were recruited through a Communication subject pool and completed an online survey about engaging instructors in these conversations.


Results of a regression analysis indicate that all theoretical constructs positively predict students’ intentions to discuss mental health with an instructor.


By providing insight into students’ intentions to utilize instructors as mental health resources on campus, these findings yield practical implications for better preparing universities and their faculty to engage in students’ mental health.


This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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