ERIC Number: EJ1082797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Perceptions of Mental Illness Stigma: Comparisons of Athletes to Nonathlete Peers
Kaier, Emily; Cromer, Lisa DeMarni; Johnson, Mitchell D.; Strunk, Kathleen; Davis, Joanne L.
Journal of College Student Development, v56 n7 p735-739 Oct 2015
Stigma related to mental health and its treatment can thwart help-seeking. The current study assessed college athletes' personal and perceived public mental illness stigma and compared this to nonathlete students. Athletes (N = 304) were National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I athletes representing 16 teams. Results indicated that athletes reported greater perceived public stigma than personal stigma. Athletes reported significantly higher levels of stigma compared to nonathlete peers (n = 103). Accordingly, athletes may benefit from education that can reduce the stigma of mental illness and reduce prejudices toward those who are seeking treatment. Additional implications for improving access to care are discussed.
Descriptors: College Students, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Social Bias, Negative Attitudes, Athletes, Comparative Analysis, Measures (Individuals), Multivariate Analysis, Rating Scales
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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