Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Stigma and its association with the utilization of mental health services among adults with mental illness
by Rentler, Caitlin R., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 52; 1524152
Abstract (Summary)

Research has shown that people with mental illness who seek treatment from mental health services have improved quality of life. The objective of the study was to evaluate the influence of stigma on people with mental illness, and how stigma can affect the person's decision to seek treatment for his or her mental condition.

The objected was assessed using secondary data from the 2009 Adult California Health Interview Survey. The initial filtering of the respondents was unable to be performed because Human Subjects Protection laws protect sensitive information from being released in public use data files. I redeveloped my study, focusing primarily on the association between respondents with feelings of depression and whether or not they have health insurance coverage for mental health services.

The results of the analysis proved to be statistically significant, which led to speculation that, even with mental health insurance coverage, the low rates of mental health service utilization was most likely attributed to the impact of stigma. Future research should be conducted on the effects of primary care mental health integration, and how this increased parity impacts the utilization of mental health treatment options.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
Commitee: Erlyana, Erlyana, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Health care management
Keywords: Mental health stigma, Treatment, Utilization of health services
Publication Number: 1524152
ISBN: 9781303521300
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