Investigation on How Access to Insurance and Different Mental Health Services Impact Stigmatized Beliefs on Mental Health
The current study aimed to investigate how access to insurance impacts mental health-related stigma and help-seeking attitudes, along with public and self-stigmatized views on seeking professional mental health services. Participants (N = 192) were recruited via Bridgewater State University Student Announcements and through convenience sampling. Individuals completed a survey consisting of five self-created questions and three different scales related to insurance coverage, mental health services, stigma, and help-seeking attitudes. We expected to find those with public insurance coverage would have higher self-stigmatized beliefs and lower help-seeking attitudes, but this hypothesis was not supported. We also expected that those with higher self-stigmatized beliefs would be more likely to have participated in outpatient treatment than inpatient psychiatric treatment and found a marginally significant trend between self-stigma and inpatient mental health treatment. There were no significant differences in self-stigma between individuals who reported that they had received outpatient treatment compared to those who had never received outpatient treatment. This data contributed knowledge to fill the gap in research on the impact of stigmatized beliefs on seeking professional help for either inpatient or outpatient mental health services, which can help reduce the stigma on mental illness.
Rossi, Ashley; Hubner, Barbie; and Sferrazza, Jordan
Investigation on How Access to Insurance and Different Mental Health Services Impact Stigmatized Beliefs on Mental Health.
The Graduate Review, 7, 30-39.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/grad_rev/vol7/iss1/7