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dc.contributor.advisorSeay, Ollie J.
dc.contributor.authorLuna, Mackenzie G.
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-28T19:48:10Z
dc.date.available2016-06-28T19:48:10Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/6098
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates whether education has an effect on stigmatizing attitudes towards mental illness among college students. A survey was administered measuring the prevalence of stigma towards mental disorders. Two samples of undergraduate students (Abnormal Psychology and Non-Abnormal Psychology) were questioned on their perceptions of hypothetical persons who embodied one of the following mental disorders: depression, schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder, or posttraumatic stress disorder. A series of Independent samples t-tests were performed to determine which mental disorder had the highest stigma. A significant amount of stigma was found towards schizophrenia and social anxiety disorder. No significant difference in total stigma was found between the abnormal and the non-abnormal sample, but a significant difference was found in total social distance; suggesting having an understanding of mental illness may change an individual’s perceptions of mental illness. These findings suggest that education alone cannot be a sole predictor of stigma but may influence the individual’s understanding of those diagnosed with a mental disorder.en_US
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dc.format.extent49 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectStigmaen_US
dc.subjectMental illnessen_US
dc.subjectMental disordersen_US
dc.subjectDepressionen_US
dc.subjectPTSDen_US
dc.subjectSocial anxiety disorderen_US
dc.subjectSchizophreniaen_US
dc.subjectEducationen_US
dc.titleStigmatizing Attitudes Towards Mental Illnessen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGibbons-Arhleger, Marilyn T.
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University


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