Stigma of mental illness and help-seeking intention in university students

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/304926
Title:
Stigma of mental illness and help-seeking intention in university students
Authors:
Lally, J.; O'Conghaile, A.; Quigley, S.; Bainbridge, E.; McDonald, C.
Citation:
Stigma of mental illness and help-seeking intention in university students 2013, 37 (8):253 The Psychiatrist
Publisher:
The Psychiatrist
Journal:
The Psychiatrist
Issue Date:
2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/304926
DOI:
10.1192/pb.bp.112.041483
Additional Links:
http://pb.rcpsych.org/cgi/doi/10.1192/pb.bp.112.041483
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Aims and method A cross-sectional study to ascertain levels of personal and perceived public mental illness stigma in a university student population and the association between the respective levels of stigma and help-seeking intention. An adaptation of the Discrimination-Devaluation scale was used. Results A total of 735 students participated in the study (response rate 77%). There were higher mean perceived public stigma levels than personal stigma levels. Perceived public stigma was not significantly associated with future non-help-seeking intention (odds ratio (OR) = 0.871, P = 0.428). Personal stigma was significantly associated with a decreased likelihood of future help-seeking intention (OR = 1.44, P = 0.043). Being younger than 25, having no history of or treatment for mental illness and having no personal contact with someone with a history of mental illness were all associated with higher personal stigma levels. Clinical implications This study indicates that personal stigma as distinct from perceived public stigma is a significant barrier to mental health utilisation for a student population and future stigma reduction campaigns could strategically focus on this. Declaration of interest None.
Keywords:
MENTAL AND BEHAVIOURAL DISORDER; SOCIAL EXCLUSION; SOCIAL FACTOR
Local subject classification:
STIGMA
ISSN:
1758-3209

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLally, J.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Conghaile, A.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorQuigley, S.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorBainbridge, E.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcDonald, C.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-04T12:30:13Z-
dc.date.available2013-11-04T12:30:13Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationStigma of mental illness and help-seeking intention in university students 2013, 37 (8):253 The Psychiatristen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1758-3209-
dc.identifier.doi10.1192/pb.bp.112.041483-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/304926-
dc.descriptionAims and method A cross-sectional study to ascertain levels of personal and perceived public mental illness stigma in a university student population and the association between the respective levels of stigma and help-seeking intention. An adaptation of the Discrimination-Devaluation scale was used. Results A total of 735 students participated in the study (response rate 77%). There were higher mean perceived public stigma levels than personal stigma levels. Perceived public stigma was not significantly associated with future non-help-seeking intention (odds ratio (OR) = 0.871, P = 0.428). Personal stigma was significantly associated with a decreased likelihood of future help-seeking intention (OR = 1.44, P = 0.043). Being younger than 25, having no history of or treatment for mental illness and having no personal contact with someone with a history of mental illness were all associated with higher personal stigma levels. Clinical implications This study indicates that personal stigma as distinct from perceived public stigma is a significant barrier to mental health utilisation for a student population and future stigma reduction campaigns could strategically focus on this. Declaration of interest None.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe Psychiatristen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://pb.rcpsych.org/cgi/doi/10.1192/pb.bp.112.041483en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The Psychiatristen_GB
dc.subjectMENTAL AND BEHAVIOURAL DISORDERen_GB
dc.subjectSOCIAL EXCLUSIONen_GB
dc.subjectSOCIAL FACTORen_GB
dc.subject.otherSTIGMAen_GB
dc.titleStigma of mental illness and help-seeking intention in university studentsen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe Psychiatristen_GB
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