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Attitudes Toward Mental Disorders

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Author: Posey, Meghan Marie
Advisor: Shean, Glenn
Committee Members: Kieffaber, Paul; Linneman, Thomas John
Issued Date: 2009-05-12
Subjects: Psychology
Stigma
Racism
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/1193
Description: Mental disorders are often associated with social stigmas and lead to discrimination. The aim of the current study is to collect information to minimize stigma toward mental illnesses. There were 114 participants in study one (76% females), all of whom were introductory psychology students. Participants watched interviews of individuals with mental disorders, and then rated them on the Social Distance Scale, Social Attribution Scale, and Attitudes and Social Willingness Scale. Participants with firsthand experience of mental illnesses rated individuals with more acceptance than their counterparts. Results indicate amount of stigma toward individuals vary depending on diagnosis. There were 74 participants in study two (70% females). Study two expanded on study one by adding the Modern Racism Scale and an anti-stigma video. These variables were not related to stigma ratings.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Psychology


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