Attending an HBCU Can Have Long-Term Mental Health Benefits for Some Students

A new study by scholars at the University of Minnesota found that attending a historically Black college or university may have long-term mental health benefits for some Black students.

Researchers tracked a large group of African Americans from their high school years until many years after they attended college. They found no overall association for lower symptoms of depression for HBCU students compared to their peers who attended predominantly White schools. But they did find that HBCU students who were not from the South showed fewer symptoms of depression as young adults than their peers who attended predominantly White colleges and universities.

The study also found that for students who had displayed depression symptoms in high school, the ones who attended HBCUs showed fewer symptoms of depression later in life than those who did not attend HBCUs.

The full study, “Estimating the Long-Term Causal Effects of Attending Historically Black Colleges or Universities on Depressive Symptoms,” was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. It may be accessed here.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

In Memoriam: Edgar Lawrence Chase III, 1949-2024

Chase dedicated over twenty years of his career to historically Black Dillard University in New Orleans, where he served as dean of business and vice president of facilities, planning, and management.

Johns Hopkins University Launches New Major and Center for Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism

The new Chloe Center for the Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism will provide research opportunities and educational events for the Johns Hopkins University community. As part of the new program, the university has announced a new undergraduate major in critical diaspora studies.

Chicago Library Receives $2 Million to Digitize Collection of African American History and Literature

The Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection housed within the Chicago Public Library will soon be available online to the public thanks to a $2 million grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Featured Jobs