Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MA)
Beginning college presents unique stressors and challenges for students. These stressors can be compounded by culture, mental health issues, and lack of knowledge about available resources. Mental health literacy aims to provide the necessary knowledge about mental health issues and promote action upon that knowledge to benefit the individual (Jorm, et al., 1997). This study focuses on utilizing mental health literacy workshops in attempts to lower stigma against ADHD and symptomology for anorexia and bulimia. The study was conducted on a predominantly Hispanic populated campus in south Texas. Students were provided one hour of mental health literacy on ADHD and one hour on eating disorders. Two measures were used to identify changes between the pre and post-assessments. Paired sample t-tests were used to analyze the data. The results were mixed. There were no significant changes in means between pre and post-assessment for ADHD stigma (p=0.291). This may be due to unforeseen impacts of the psychoeducation and awareness. There were significant decreases in eating disorder symptomology at pre and post-assessment (p<0.01**). In conclusion, a one hour mental health literacy workshop on eating disorders significantly lowered anorexia and bulimia symptomology in Latinx, college freshmen.
Rodriguez, Liabette Ailene, "Stamping out stigma: Does mental health literacy on eating disorders and ADHD lower stigma?" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 157.