Public attitudes toward the mentally ill : the relationship of type and severity of mental illness on subjects beliefs, social distance, and demographic variables

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dc.contributor.advisor Holtgraves, Thomas en_US
dc.contributor.author Socall, Daniel W. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:34:37Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:34:37Z
dc.date.created 1988 en_US
dc.date.issued 1988
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1988 .S53 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/183499
dc.description.abstract Past research on attitudes toward the mentally ill has produced conflicting results, due in part to methodological problems. The present study examined this issue using a more sophisticated design. Randomly, 600 residents of Delaware County Indiana were chosen from the telephone directory to be the recipients of a mail survey. Of these, 206 responded, yielding a return rate of 34.5%. Each subject was randomly assigned to either the experimental group that read a case vignette which described a hypothetical mental patient, or the control group which read about a medically ill patient. In both conditions there were three levels of severity of behavior. Thus, three cases described hypothetical patients labeled as mentally ill with a range of severity of psychopathology, and three described comparably behaving medical controls. It was found that the mentally ill were rejected significantly more than medical controls at each level of severity. Respondents also rated the mentally ill as less predictable, and having less hopeful outcomes, than the medical controls. In addition, beliefs about mental illness were not sufficient to account for all rejection. Finally, no demographic characteristics of the population were found to significantly correlate with rejection.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Psychological Science
dc.format.extent vii, 140 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.title Public attitudes toward the mentally ill : the relationship of type and severity of mental illness on subjects beliefs, social distance, and demographic variables en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/544146 en_US


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