Date

1-4-2017 12:00 AM

Major

Psychology and Criminal Justice

Department

Psychology

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Project Advisor

Carolyn Cutrona

Project Advisor's Department

Psychology

Description

Mental health is a prevalent issue that affects approximately one in five college students each year. The negative stereotypes and perceptions that society holds of the mentally ill are damaging and even prevent some individuals from seeking help. This study explored the factors that influence a person’s beliefs about the mentally ill. Seventy-seven participants completed a Qualtrics survey to test the various hypotheses. Results from the study generally suggest that individuals who had personal experiences with mental health conditions, knew someone who had a mental health condition, or had taken a class about mental illness had more favorable beliefs about individuals living with mental health conditions. Individuals who obtained most of their knowledge about mental health conditions from movies and the news had the most negative views of individuals living with mental health conditions.

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Psychology Commons

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Apr 1st, 12:00 AM

Stereotypes and Perceptions of the Mentally Ill

Mental health is a prevalent issue that affects approximately one in five college students each year. The negative stereotypes and perceptions that society holds of the mentally ill are damaging and even prevent some individuals from seeking help. This study explored the factors that influence a person’s beliefs about the mentally ill. Seventy-seven participants completed a Qualtrics survey to test the various hypotheses. Results from the study generally suggest that individuals who had personal experiences with mental health conditions, knew someone who had a mental health condition, or had taken a class about mental illness had more favorable beliefs about individuals living with mental health conditions. Individuals who obtained most of their knowledge about mental health conditions from movies and the news had the most negative views of individuals living with mental health conditions.