Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Caroline Shanti

Keywords

Thinking Matters

Abstract

We live in a society where stigma against people with mental illness exists. To make matters more complicated, our society devalues people who ask for help, labeling them as unstable or insecure. Those who do ask for help often face the most stigma related discrimination within the health care setting. In fact, some studies have shown that mental health providers frequently judge people chronic mental illness negatively. As a result, many people with mental illness chose to not seek help. For mental health providers, therapy is often seen as a desirable learning experience at the beginning of their careers, to work through personal issues that may interfere with doing work in the field and grow professionally. Yet, there is little research on providers seeking therapy at other stages in their careers. The idea that therapy is both valued by some as an educational experience and devalued by society raises questions about how mental health providers internalize these contradictory beliefs throughout their careers. This study asked mental health providers about their experiences with therapy and to complete the Self-Stigma of Seeking Help Scale created by Dr. David Vogel (2006) to further explore the relationship between self-stigma and therapy for mental health providers.

Share

COinS
 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.