Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
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.
Gerrish, Sarah E.
"Diagnosis Disclosure: The Impact of Gender and Stigma,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 26:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol26/iss2/1