Title

College Students’ Perceptions of Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa: Irritation and Admiration

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

5 p.

Publication Date

2015

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Source Publication

Journal of Mental Health

Source ISSN

0963-8237

Abstract

Background: Stigmatizing attitudes against anorexia nervosa (AN) may act as barriers to treatment.

Aims: Evaluated college students’ perceptions of AN as compared to major depressive disorder (MDD).

Method: One-hundred two female undergraduates read vignettes describing targets with mild or severe MDD or AN, then rated biological, vanity, and self-responsibility attributions; feelings of admiration, sympathy, and anger; and behavioral dispositions toward coercion into treatment, imitation, and social distance.

Results: AN was perceived more negatively than MDD in terms of vanity attributions, self-responsibility attributions, and feelings of anger, but more positively in terms of admiration and imitation.

Conclusions: This research demonstrates stigma-related mixed messages received by individuals with AN, which might be useful in improving eating disorders mental health literacy.

Comments

Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 24, No. 2 (2015): 83-87. DOI.

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