Masters Thesis

Reducing the stigma of mental illness: video intervention for widespread use

The stigma of mental illness is pervasive and constitutes a formidable barrier to treatment and quality of life for individuals living with mental illness and their families. This study examined the effects of a brief educational video presenting factual information regarding mental illness on participants’ attitudes toward mental illness and help-seeking behavior. Contrary to what was hypothesized, the educational video had no significant effect on participants’ reported attitudes. These results conflict with past research which has shown that relatively brief educational programs can result in significantly improved attitudes towards mental illness and help-seeking behavior. Potential explanations regarding the contrary results of this study are examined, and limitations, as well as suggestions for future research are discussed.

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