SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days


Empirical Graduate


Mental health stigma is prevalent and many people are affected all around the world (Watson, 2002). Stigma often prevents individuals with a mental illness from engaging in typical life routines (Corrigan, 2004). Individuals of ethnic minority groups face discrimination for another attribute. Ethnic discrimination is multiplied if these individuals experience a mental illness, referred to as double stigma (Faye, 2009). Double stigma has detrimental sociological and psychological impacts for those who are exposed to it. Stigma and discrimination are closely related, but stigmatic interventions rarely include minority groups (Knifton et al., 2010). Instead, current research discusses mental health stigma or discrimination of minority groups separately. The current study explores influences of mental illness stigma among undergraduate students. After participants read and indicate consent, they were shown one of four male faces with stereotypical features from different cultures. The four images were ranked similar in attractiveness, age range (21 to 25 years old), and of a similar age to participants (approximately 19 years old). After being shown the image, participants read the vignette about the individual depicted stating an established neighborly relationship and a recent mental health diagnosis. The scenario details a recent event that was not traumatic, including behaviors that could be associated with various mental health diagnoses. After reading the vignette, participants responded to questions regarding attitudes toward mental health diagnoses in general, of minority groups, and demographic questions. Data analyses explore the relationship between mental health stigma and discrimination of minority groups. Future directions and implications also discussed.



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