Soumita Sen


The study explored the impact of acculturation on the stigma associated with mental illness and the relationship of shame with stigma towards mental illness in an Asian Indian sample. The participants of the study were college students residing in the USA and India who responded to one of two randomly assigned vignettes describing a hypothetical cousin who was either experiencing the symptoms of moderate depression or schizophrenia. Correlation, multivariate analysis, and regression analysis were conducted on the acquired data. The results indicated that level of acculturation had a statistically significant relationship with stigma in both samples. However, when specific aspects of stigma were examined, such as expected consequences, disclosure, concealment and help-giving attitudes, no significant relationships were found. Exploratory analyses were conducted to examine associations between other variables and it was found that expected consequences and shame were strongly related.

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Dissertations (PsyD) -- Psychology; East Indians -- Psychology; East Indian Americans -- Psychology

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Thapar-Olmos, Natasha