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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

26

Number

2

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2021

Abstract

Existing literature has indicated that there may be a relationship between diagnosis disclosure and gender as it has been asserted that men and women perceive the diagnosis of a mental health disorder differently. Specifically, men report higher levels of perceived stigma when considering a mental health diagnosis and women report a higher likelihood of disclosing a mental health diagnosis to others. The purpose of this current study was to investigate how individuals perceive an illness diagnosis disclosure via an online survey as it was hypothesized that men would be less likely than women to disclose any illness and that all participants would practice selective disclosure. Participants were randomly assigned to read about receiving a diagnosis, which was experimentally manipulated to describe either a mental or physical illness. Results indicated that although there was no significant effect on the intent to disclose their diagnosis, male and female participants responded differently to the type of diagnosis in their concern about the negative impact of the diagnosis and being stigmatized by others.

Subject

Psychology

Keyword

stigma; diagnosis disclosure; gender; physical/mental illness diagnosis

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

DCMI Type

Text

Language

English

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Included in

Psychology Commons

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