Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology (Counseling Psychology)
This was the first study in 18 years to assess licensed psychologists in the United States for their own mental illness and mental health treatment history. It is the only known study linking U.S. psychologists’ own mental health to stigmatizing attitudes toward people with mental illness. The primary hypothesis, based on Allport’s contact hypothesis and Pettigrew’s intergroup contact theory, that increased levels of contact with people with mental illness would predict lower levels of stigma, was not supported. Instead a complex relationship between psychologists’ own mental illness, current psychological distress, and mental health stigma emerged.
Mathison, Lily, "Professional psychologists and mental health stigma: Exploring a complicated relationship" (2020). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 18182.