The purpose of this project was to gather the perceived experiences of high school students in terms of their mental health while attending Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) academies. The rationale for this qualitative needs assessment was to learn about how the identified mental health conditions are being attended to and what mental health resources or supports are needed at the academies. Forty-six participants were recruited from the Pacific Union under the North American Division Office of Education (NADOE). An anonymous, 20-minute online survey was completed independently by participants in which they were guided to select one of four roles: administration, direct school personnel, support staff, or high school “alumni” of SDA academies. Participants completed an eligibility screening, provided demographic information, and completed a needs assessment survey specific to the role selected. The data was organized and coded to lessen identifiability. Data analysis was conducted through a thematic analysis approach. Four recommendations were developed for the Pacific Union and the NADOE based on the results of this project. The results and recommendations hold the purpose of contributing to future program development, implementation, evaluation, and needs assessments to attend to the mental health of high school students in SDA academies.

LLU Discipline

Marital and Family Therapy


Counseling and Family Sciences


School of Behavioral Health

First Advisor

Nichola Seaton Ribadu

Second Advisor

Evelyn Sullivan

Third Advisor

Zephon Lister

Degree Name

Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy (DMFT)

Year Degree Awarded


Date (Title Page)




Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Needs Assessment; High school students--Mental health services--United States.


Doctoral Project

Page Count

xiv, 181 p.

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Loma Linda University Libraries

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