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The Mediating Effect of Mindfulness on the Relationship Between Mental Illness Self-Stigma and General Psychological Distress: A Cross-Sectional Study

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dc.contributor.advisor Masuda, Akihiko
dc.contributor.author Martin, Timothy John
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-09T18:55:54Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-09T18:55:54Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/63511
dc.subject Clinical psychology
dc.subject college
dc.subject distress
dc.subject mediates
dc.subject mindfulness
dc.subject self-stigma
dc.subject stigma
dc.title The Mediating Effect of Mindfulness on the Relationship Between Mental Illness Self-Stigma and General Psychological Distress: A Cross-Sectional Study
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Psychology
dc.description.degree M.A.
local.identifier.alturi http://dissertations.umi.com/hawii:10313
dcterms.abstract Mental illness self-stigma is the devaluation, shame, secrecy, and social withdrawal triggered by applying negative stereotypes about mental illness to oneself. Evidence suggests that this form of self-stigma is associated with increased psychological distress and reduced quality of life. Mindfulness is the process of non-judgmental and accepting attention to experiences in the present moment, which may account for the link between mental illness self-stigma and psychological distress. The proposed cross-sectional survey of a non-clinical college sample aimed to investigate (1) whether mental illness self-stigma is positively associated with psychological distress and (2) whether mindfulness mediates the association between mental illness self-stigma and psychological distress. The results of the study revealed that mental illness self-stigma (and a modified version intended to capture self-stigma for general psychological distress) is positively associated with psychological distress and that mindfulness acts as a partial mediator on this relationship. Mindfulness may partially explain this link by capturing how individuals mentally process the negative associations of mental illness stereotypes.
dcterms.extent 58 pages
dcterms.language eng
dcterms.publisher University of Hawai'i at Manoa
dcterms.type Text
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