Social Distance and Mental Illness: Attitudes Among Mental Health and Non-Mental Health Professionals and Trainees

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Craig S. Cashwell, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Social distance towards adults with mental illness was explored among mental health and nonmental health trainees and professionals. Results suggested mental health trainees andprofessionals desired less social distance than non-mental health trainees and professionals, and that women desired less social distance than men, with male non-professionals demonstrating the greatest desire for social distance to individuals diagnosed with mental illness. Social distancealso is related to attitudes towards adults with mental illness. Implications of such findings are presented.

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The Professional Counselor: Research and Practice
Language: English
Date: 2011
social distance, adult mental illness, mental health professionals, stigma, discriminatory behavior

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