Examination of self-stigma and distress intolerance in college students diagnosed with a mental illness

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dc.contributor.advisor Lee, Tayla T.C.
dc.contributor.author Cater, Megan H.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-05T15:39:08Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-05T15:39:08Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05
dc.identifier.other A-389
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/201535
dc.description.abstract Mental health stigma can be detrimental to an individual's well being, as well as the help they may receive. Self-stigma is present when an individual endorses the societal stigmas related to mental illness and questions their ability to effectively interact with the world around them. Predictors of self-stigma include poor emotional or social resiliency and maladaptive coping strategies, all of which are related to poor distress tolerance (Livingston & Boyd, 2010, Corrigan, 2004). As such, one would expect that those who perceive negative emotional experiences as intolerable would be more likely to endorse self-stigmatizing beliefs about their own mental illness. However, no previous empirical study has examined this association. Thus, the purpose of the current study was to examine the association between mental illness related self-stigma and distress intolerance. I hypothesized that those who are more intolerant of distress would be more likely to endorse self-stigmatizing attitudes. As part of a larger study assessing distress intolerance and related constructs, participants (n = 54) completed measures examining distress intolerance and mental health self-stigma. Participants were included if they endorsed having been diagnosed with a mental illness. Results of the study indicate there is a statistically significant and clinically meaningful positive association between scores on the SSMIS-SF and DTS, suggesting there is a relationship between the two constructs. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.subject.lcsh Clinical psychology.
dc.title Examination of self-stigma and distress intolerance in college students diagnosed with a mental illness en_US
dc.title.alternative Self-stigma and distress intolerance en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis.
dc.description.degree Thesis (B.?) en_US


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