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Breaking Down the Barriers of Stigma: Understanding and Fostering Help-Seeking Behaviors in Medical Students

Abstract Many medical students are reluctant to seek help during the course of their four years of medical school. When they do finally ask for help, some are already burned out or in a crisis. One of the main reasons students are apprehensive about seeking help is stigma. This mixed methods action research study was conducted to explore whether a help-seeking, anti-stigma campaign improved help-seeking behaviors. The innovation was an anti-stigma campaign consisting of three components: (a) video vignettes of upper class students normalizing help-seeking, (b) a Friends and Family of Medical Students session to educate those closest to the student about medical school, and (c) an anonymous, online mental health screening tool. Data from the General ... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Smith, Stephanie (Author) / Marley, Scott C. (Advisor) / Buss, Ray R. (Committee member) / McEchron, Matthew D. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational leadership / Education / Mental health / burnout / help-seeking / medical / stigma / students
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 144 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Leadership and Innovation 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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