Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Winter 2017

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mental Health Counseling

Committee Chair

Dr. Susan Lonborg

Second Committee Member

Dr. Meaghan Nolte

Third Committee Member

Dr. Fred Washburn


Parenting is a balance of behaviors that can influence a child’s outcome. Twenty-eight undergraduate college students completed ratings of parenting styles, resilience, and help-seeking behaviors, as well as academic self-efficacy. None of these variables were significant predictors of academic self-efficacy, although significant positive correlations were found between an authoritative parenting style and the variables of help-seeking and resilience. Help-seeking and academic self-efficacy were negatively correlated, suggesting that students with lower academic self-efficacy reported a higher willingness to seek help. Implications of these findings for both mental health counselors and university student support staff are discussed.