Examining Factors that Influence College Students’ Perceptions of People with Mental Illness
This paper looks to explore the factors that may influence college students’ perceptions of people with mental illness. These factors include gender, age ethnicity, previous knowledge, and exposure to mental illness. A total of 63 surveys were collected from Marymount University undergraduate students and the gender of the participants was reflective of the campus’ gender ratio. Results indicated that gender, ethnicity, and major at Marymount have no relationship to participants’ understanding of mental illness or perceptions about the people with mental illness. The hypothesis that bias towards people with mental illness should also correlate in a positive way with people’s own perceptions on mental illness was supported. The final hypothesis that bias should also have a negative correlation with knowing what mental illness are recognized in the DSM-V was also supported.