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ERIC Number: EJ904635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Service-Learning with the Mentally Ill: Softening the Stigma
Barney, Steve T.; Corser, Grant C.; White, Lynn H.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v16 n2 p66-77 Spr 2010
Stigmas toward those who have mental illnesses are wide-spread and detrimental to the health and well-being of those suffering from these debilitating conditions, and to society as a whole. Stigma-reducing programs are plentiful but many are only marginally effective. In this paper we describe and evaluate a course in Psychopathology that included service-learning and reflection activities as central course components. Compared to a control group, service-learners' attitudes toward the mentally ill were more uniformly positive and compassionate after they completed the course. We discuss these results from a broad service-learning perspective. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A