Life in the ‘Kelley Bubble’: Examining Help-Seeking Behaviors Among Kelley Men

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Gabriella Graziano
Courtney Hill
Keilah Johnson
Tyler Rodibaugh
Kody Sexton
Bailie Whittaker


This qualitative study explored help-seeking behaviors among undergraduate men in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Data were collected through semi-structured individual interviews with nine participants. Through a narrative inquiry and intersectional feminist framework, results were categorized into three overarching themes: dominant narratives of Kelley, engagement in help-seeking behaviors, and perceptions of help seeking. Key findings reveal that while men in Kelley recognize the resources available to them, they prefer to be independent and engage in informal help-seeking behaviors. Recommendations for de-stigmatizing help seeking among men in Kelley are provided.


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Graziano, G., Hill, C., Johnson, K., Rodibaugh, T., Sexton, K., & Whittaker, B. (2017). Life in the ‘Kelley Bubble’: Examining Help-Seeking Behaviors Among Kelley Men. Journal of the Student Personnel Association at Indiana University, 95-109. Retrieved from