Illness And Stigma

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Mental Illness and Stigma: An Annotated Bibliography
Aldworth, Jeremy, et al. “Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Detailed Tables.” SAMHSA. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014. Web. 5 Jan. 2016.
This source is a collection of tables measuring mental health and mental health service utilization using data from the results of the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The enormous collection of tables differentiates between contrasting data of age, race, gender, socioeconomic level, geographic location, health insurance, treatment, and more. The statistics are given in both number of people and percentages. Since this source is composed of many statistics with
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“Exploring the Relationships of Physical Activity, Emotional Intelligence, and Mental Health in College Students.” American Journal of Health Studies 29.2 (2014): n. pag. EBSCO. Web. 6 Jan. 2016.
This source analyzes a survey about the relationships between emotional intelligence and mental health on physical activity in college. It was conducted using students attending the University of Oklahoma, and the students filled out 3 standard surveys, one on each measure being researched. The results suggested that emotional intelligence and mental health are significant predictors of physical activity. In other words, those with high emotional intelligence and good mental health also tend to do more physical activity than those with low emotional intelligence. This source can be seen as credible since it was published in the American Journal of Health Studies. However, there are a few limitations to this research. First, the study used a convenience survey only at the University of Oklahoma, which produced a low response rate. Also, the majority of respondents were female and white. This suggests that their results were based on biased samples, and may not apply to different scenarios. However, this study can still be used as one of my sources in my paper for the basic findings. The results, while may not apply to all cases, can still be used to look at different predictors of mental illness in the
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First, the authors give the sociology definitions of stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination, as well as what these behaviors can lead to, such as hostile behavior or withholding help or health care services. Even trained mental health physicians unintentionally internalize some stereotypes. Before going on, however, the article recognizes that stigma varies between cultures. The article then goes on to describe the public’s common misconceptions about persons with mental illness; people with mental illness should be feared, they are irresponsible (requiring life choices to be made by others), or are childlike and need to be cared for, all of which can lead to withholding help, avoidance, coercive treatment, and segregated institutions. The authors then go on to explain current strategies for changing this stigma. These include protesting, education, and actually meeting people with mental illness who can hold down jobs and be good members of the community. Next, the internal impacts of stigma on people with mental illness are explained. The source states that some people internalize the stereotype, while others become angry and outspoken, while others are indifferent. Finally, the source explains that research that focuses on the social structures that maintain stigma and strategies for changing them is severely needed. First, since this article was

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