ERIC Number: EJ1029612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
An Examination of the Impact of a Biological Anti-Stigma Message for Depression on College Students
Boucher, Laura A.; Campbell, Duncan G.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v28 n1 p74-81 2014
Stigma is one reason that some people avoid seeking mental health treatment. This study tested whether a biologically based anti-stigma message affected various stigma-related outcomes in college students. One hundred eighty-two undergraduate participants were randomly assigned to see a billboard presenting the message, "Depression is a brain disease," or a control message. Dependent variables included positive and negative affect, message appeal, stigma, and willingness to seek treatment. The biologically based anti-stigma message increased participants' affect, was rated as relatively unappealing, and failed to reduce stigma or increase willingness to seek treatment. These preliminary findings raise concern about continued use of similar messages in college populations.
Descriptors: College Students, Depression (Psychology), Undergraduate Students, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Stereotypes, Labeling (of Persons), Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Attitude Measures, Bulletin Boards, Health Promotion, Consciousness Raising, Affective Objectives, Likert Scales, Negative Attitudes, Positive Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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