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|Title:||Just Snap Out of It: Comparing Perceptions of Depression and Physical Illness|
|Abstract:||This thesis investigates the explicit and implicit stigmas regarding the dangerousness, competence, likeability, and etiology of depression within the Princeton University undergraduate population, using physical illness as a comparison condition. It was hypothesized that a depressed person would be viewed as more dangerous, incompetent, and unlikeable, while being the product of more psychological causes relative to a physically ill person on both explicit and implicit measures. It was also expected that these negative attitudes would be more pronounced implicitly. The participants completed a series of explicit semantic differential scales and implicit association tests (IATs). Implicit and explicit results demonstrated more negative attitudes towards depression than physical illness regarding likeability and etiology. Implicitly a depressed person was not viewed as more dangerous than a physically ill person, but explicitly a depressed person was viewed inconsistently more dangerous than a physically ill person. Additionally, implicit ratings of competence revealed a belief that a depressed person is less competent than a physically ill person, but the opposite was found when measured explicitly. Results and limitations are discussed further.|
|Type of Material:||Princeton University Senior Theses|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychology, 1930-2016|
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