Asian Pride & Prejudice: The Relationship between Ethnic Identity and Mental Illness Stigma

Study Description: As Asian health professionals increasingly diversify the American medical workplace, sociocultural factors in their early upbringing may potentially exert influence on their own perceptions of mental illness. Such perceptions, which often associate with mental illness stigma, could impact the provision of medical care to the community at large. This study examines hypothesized relationships and positive correlations between 1) strength of ethnic identity ? as measured by a modified version of the East Asian Ethnic Identity Scale ? and 2) degree of mental illness stigma ? as measured by version 4 of the Mental Illness: Clinicians? Attitudes Scale. Conclusions will stem from statistical analysis of self-report online survey responses from Asian full-time college students enrolled in healthcare-oriented undergraduate studies (i.e. medicine, nursing, physical therapy, etc.). The broad aim of this study is to discern how the influence of ethnic identity could potentially interact with and predict mental illness stigma in the future patient care provided by aspiring Asian healthcare professionals.

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Principal Investigator: Shawn Fang

Eligibility Criteria: Participation is restricted to college students who are Asian, 18 years of age or older, and enrolled in healthcare-oriented studies (i.e. medicine, nursing, physical therapy, etc.) Participants must have at least one biological parent who is Asian. Adopted and foreign exchange individuals are welcome to participate if the biological parent criterion is met. Participants must attest to being 18 years of age or older at the time of survey participation. Individuals under the age of 18 (minors) are prohibited from this study. Participants must be currently taking classes and/or completing relevant training (ex. clinicals, labs, rotations, residencies, etc.) towards a degree (ex. Bachelor, Master, Doctorate) and/or certification/license to practice. Miscellaneous: Individuals who have undecided majors and/or have changed to a healthcare-oriented major within the last academic semester are not preferred as participants.

Compensation: No, subjects will not be compensated.


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