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Challenging the stigma of mental illness among college students

Kosyluk, Kristin A., Al-Khouja, Maya A., Bink, Andrea, Buchholz, Blythe, Ellefson, Sarah, Fokuo, Konadu, Goldberg, David, Kraus, Dana, Leon, Adeline, Michaels, Patrick, Powell, Karina, Schmidt, Annie and Corrigan, Patrick W. 2016. Challenging the stigma of mental illness among college students. Journal of Adolescent Health 59 (3) , pp. 325-331. 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.05.005

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Purpose This study investigated the impact of contact- and education-based antistigma interventions on mental illness stigma, affirming attitudes, discrimination, and treatment seeking among college students. Methods Data were collected from 198 students of a Chicago University campus in spring of 2014. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: a contact-based antistigma presentation, education-based presentation, or control condition. Measures of stigma, discrimination, affirming attitudes, and treatment seeking were administered at preintervention and postintervention. Results A 3 × 2 analysis of variance was completed for each measure to examine condition by trial interactions. Both contact- and education-based interventions demonstrated a significant impact on personal stigma, perceptions of empowerment, discrimination, attitudes towards treatment seeking, and intentions to seek treatment from formal sources. No difference in effect was demonstrated between the contact- and education-based conditions. Conclusions These findings suggest that these two approaches should be considered for challenging mental illness stigma among college students.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1054-139X
Date of Acceptance: 2 May 2016
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 08:06

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