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Shane Richardson

The aim of the project was to investigate if studying psychology and knowledge of psychology contribute to positive or negative attitudes towards those with mental health issues.

Project Description: Previous studies have examined the attitudes of nursing, social workers and mental health practitioners towards mental illness. However, to date, little research has been done regarding the impact studying psychology and knowledge of psychology has on attitudes towards those with mental health disorders. As previously outlined, as a result of stigma, individuals with mental health issues often do not seek help and frequently do not receive the help they need (Ahmedani, 2011). The aim of the current study is to investigate the necessity for the expansion of knowledge and understanding of psychological disorders to form a better understanding for those affected and for those who interact with individuals that are affected.

Project Findings: The purpose of the current study was to investigate the impact studying psychology and knowledge of psychology has on attitudes towards mental health. The findings of this study were that more knowledge in relation to mental illness resulted in a more positive attitudes towards those with mental health issues. There was not a significant difference in attitudes towards those with psychological disorders based on whether or not someone had studied psychology. There was little interaction between knowledge of psychology and whether or not someone has studied psychology based on attitudes.