Date of Award

Spring 2-12-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Forensic Psychology



First Advisor or Mentor

Philip Yanos

Second Reader

Joseph DeLuca

Third Advisor

Elizabeth Jeglic


The study of individual factors influencing mental illness stigma among communities is not widely present in current mental health research. This study examined demographic variables that influence mental illness stigma. It also utilized the Attitudes Towards Mental Illness Scale, the Reported and Intended Behavior Scale, and the Mental Illness Microaggressions Scale – Perpetrator Version to determine the presence of mental illness stigma among individuals in various areas throughout the city of New York. Analysis found that higher levels of education predict fewer stigmatizing characteristics. Older respondents were found to have higher levels of stigma than younger respondents across all measures. Individuals who had lived or worked in the neighborhood for a longer period of time displayed more stigmatizing characteristics than those who had lived or worked there for a shorter period of time. Race, marital status, and sex were also found to be predictive factors of mental illness stigma. These results indicate that education about mental illness and contact with individuals with mental illness can decrease mental illness stigma.



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