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Mental illness stigma and disclosure in college students

Corrigan, Patrick W., Kosyluk, Kristin A., Markowitz, Fred, Brown, Robyn Lewis, Conlon, Bridget, Rees, Jo, Rosenberg, Jessica, Ellefson, Sarah and Al-Khouja, Maya A. 2016. Mental illness stigma and disclosure in college students. Journal of Mental Health  25 (3) , pp. 224-230. 10.3109/09638237.2015.1101056

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Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between mental illness identity, shame, secrecy, public stigma, and disclosure amongst college students. Participants included 1393 college students from five postsecondary institutions. Methods: Structural equation modeling was used to examine two path models predicting disclosure and desire to join a program aiding with disclosure. Results: Variables found to be significant in predicting disclosure included mental illness identity and public stigma. In turn, desire for disclosure predicted desire to join a program aiding in disclosure. Gender and race/ethnic differences were observed, with men and Whites more likely to want to disclose a mental illness or join a program aiding with disclosure compared with women and non-Whites, respectively. Conclusions: These findings suggest that some college students may find programs aiding in disclosure useful in assisting them to achieve their desire to be “out” with their mental illness.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0963-8237
Date of Acceptance: 12 August 2015
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 08:06

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