Alicia Wilhelm Villanueva Van Den Hurk


Presentation: 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom



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While stigma is generally attached to all mental illnesses, individuals who experience psychosis are reported to be one of the most stigmatized minority groups in society. The aim of this study is to explore different factors that might play a role in the stigmatization of individuals with this condition. More precisely, the present project will examine the effects of auditory content valence (i.e., pleasant vs. neutral vs. unpleasant), participant spirituality (i.e., high vs. low), and diagnostic circumstance (i.e., psychosis in the context of a psychiatric disorder vs. a medical condition) on stigma towards psychosis, as well as the interaction between these three variables. To do so, undergraduate students will be recruited and asked about their level of spirituality (part 1). A week after completing the initial survey, participants will be asked to complete part 2. During part 2, they will then be presented with three fictional patients who are experiencing psychosis symptoms either in the context of: 1) bipolar disorder I, or 2) a brain tumor. After reading each patient description, they will listen to five recordings of simulated auditory hallucinations (which will be pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral). For each fictional patient participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire that will measure their level of stigma.

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Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Julie Messinger

Primary Advisor's Department



Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Community; Diversity

Social Stigma and Psychosis: Examining Content Valence, Diagnostic Context, and Participant Spirituality