Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid: African American Male High School Students' Perceptions of School Counseling Services

by Derrick Bryan; Dorinda J. Gallant

Jul 1, 2012

The results of this study indicate that Black male students were aware that their school provded counseling services but did not perceive counselors to be trustworthy, friendly, or accessible.

  • African American males are less likely to utilize counseling services including mental health and school counseling services.
  • Over 50% of respondents indicated that they agreed that their school counselor is “knowledgeable” or “helpful.”
  • Less than half of African American male respondents indicated that they believed their school counselor is “trustworthy,” “friendly,” or “accessible.”
  • Over half of respondents agreed that the role of school counselors is to “assist with academic problems” and “assist with scheduling classes.”
  • Over half of respondents agreed that the role of school counselors was to assist with academic problems, and just over one-third agreed that counselors were there to assist students with personal, social, and emotional issues.