Health Discrimination and Perception of Individuals with Medical and Mental Needs

Redmond, Katey and Bennett, Sara and Santo, Dr. Ava (2012) Health Discrimination and Perception of Individuals with Medical and Mental Needs. [Abstract]

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Abstract

Health discrimination or the process of disadvantaging an individual based on a medical diagnosis and its associated stereotypes is an increasing global problem. Like most forms of prejudice this form of discrimination originates through the innate ability to make quick assumptions about other people. However this process exacerbates stereotypes which hinder individual’s attempts to function independently. Prejudice from health is especially complex to study because each condition has different assumptions associated with it and each person is impacted differently by a diagnosis. While there is a significant amount of research about the retrogressive impacts on health discrimination literature examining the origins of personal bias that triggers the phenomena is not as comprehensive. We decided to see if individuals displayed stereotypes after viewing media clips which portrayed negative perceptions of individuals with medical and mental needs. We tested this concept using three lower division psychology courses from a small liberal arts college. Each class saw a media clip which corresponded with three different health conditions; physical need, mental need, and a combination of physical and mental need. Data were obtained through surveys designed for each media a clip and analyzed to see if negative perceptions existed in participants.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 7th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental Health discrimination, Perception, Medical needs, Health needs, Stereotypes, Healthcare, Survey, Mental health, Health disparities, Evaluation
Subjects: NBS Symposium
Interdisciplinary > Pre-Health
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Public Health
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 13:16
Last Modified: 15 May 2013 13:16
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/311


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