Advisor

McKinney, Clifford

Committee Member

Keeley, Jared

Committee Member

Armstrong, Kevin

Date of Degree

1-1-2012

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

Disruptive behavior disorders consist of oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. These disorders account for about 40 percent of child referrals to mental health services. This study aims to evaluate how socioeconomic status, ethnicity, prior help-seeking behaviors, and gender relate to the attitudes that participants with symptoms of disruptive behavior disorders have toward mental health service. The study found that females have a more positive attitude regarding mental health service than males. Minorities with lower disruptive behavior have more positive attitudes about mental health than Caucasians with lower and higher disruptive behavior as well as minorities with high disruptive behavior, with this group viewing mental health most negatively. Results indicated that individuals who received mental health services view them more positively than individuals who have not received mental health services, and individuals with lower SES may be exposed to receiving more services compared to individuals with higher SES.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/20616

Comments

Disruptive Behavior||Adolescents||Stigma||Mental Health Utilization Attitudes

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