What's in a Name? Depression in College and Modern Labeling Theory Open Access

Pritchett, Paige (2014)

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In this honors thesis, I examine differences in perceived and personal stigma amongst groups of depressed, at-risk, and not-at-risk college students. This analysis was done using the Healthy Minds Survey, a sample of 5,689 college students in the United States. The study confirmed that perceived stigma is significantly higher than personal stigma for all three groups. Additionally, perceived stigma is significantly higher for the group of depressed students than the groups of at-risk and not-at-risk students. Finally, the group of depressed students reported a need for mental health treatment at a significantly higher rate than at-risk and not-at-risk students. These findings are reported to be evidence of modified labeling theory, and merit future research of the impact that personal and perceived stigma have on college students.

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Introduction 1

Background to the Present Study 3

A Brief History of Mental Illness Stigma 4

Explanations of Modern Stigma: Labeling Theory 11

Data and Methods 14

Results 22

Discussion 31

Conclusion 35

References 37

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