College counselors provide training to their campus constituents on various mental health issues, including the identification of warning signs and the referral of students to appropriate resources. Though extensive information on these topics is available in the counseling literature, college counselors lack a psychometrically sound screening instrument to support some of these educational efforts. To meet this need, the present researchers developed and validated the College Mental Health Perceived Competency Scale (CMHPCS). Based largely on self-determination theory, the measure appraises college student and faculty members’ perceived competence for supporting student mental health. Reliability and construct validity of the CMHPCS are demonstrated through exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. Hierarchical logistic regression procedures yielded sufficient evidence of the CMHPCS’s predictive validity. Specific applications to assist college counselors with outreach and consultation are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Kalkbrenner, M. T., & Sink, C. A. (2018). Development and validation of the college mental health perceived competency scale. Professional Counselor, 8(2), 175-189. doi:10.15241/mtk.8.2.175
Kalkbrenner, Michael T. and Sink, Christopher A., "Development and Validation of the College Mental Health Perceived Competency Scale" (2018). Counseling & Human Services Faculty Publications. 44.