Event Title

The Influence of Normative Feedback on the Stigma of Mental Health

Presenter Information

Carly Taylor, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 122

Start Date

30-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 11:55 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

College is a time to be fearless. A time to seek novel opportunities, make life-lasting friendships, challenge oneself academically, and embrace the diversity of the unique campus. However, many college students are living in fear and missing out on these college experiences because they believe they posses a secret that could lead to unfair discrimination, uncomfortable conversations, and unwanted embarrassment. This secret that many college students are trying to hide is that they suffer from a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Over 25% of college students suffer from at least one mental health condition yet only 50% of these students disclose their condition to the college to receive accommodations or receive counseling services. The greatest reported barrier to seeking help is the fear of stigma. Therefore, the current project aims to examine whether normative feedback, which informs individuals about the actual social norms, will decrease the stigma of mental health on college campuses.

Faculty Sponsor

Chris Soto

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1065

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Apr 30th, 9:00 AM Apr 30th, 11:55 AM

The Influence of Normative Feedback on the Stigma of Mental Health

Diamond 122

College is a time to be fearless. A time to seek novel opportunities, make life-lasting friendships, challenge oneself academically, and embrace the diversity of the unique campus. However, many college students are living in fear and missing out on these college experiences because they believe they posses a secret that could lead to unfair discrimination, uncomfortable conversations, and unwanted embarrassment. This secret that many college students are trying to hide is that they suffer from a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Over 25% of college students suffer from at least one mental health condition yet only 50% of these students disclose their condition to the college to receive accommodations or receive counseling services. The greatest reported barrier to seeking help is the fear of stigma. Therefore, the current project aims to examine whether normative feedback, which informs individuals about the actual social norms, will decrease the stigma of mental health on college campuses.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/355