Routledge Taylor & Francis
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy
Research suggests that biological explanations of mental illness include the promotion of the effectiveness of medication, and that such explanations lead to greater attributions of responsibility and potentially greater stigmatizing emotional and behavioral reactions. This study examined whether college students' attitudes toward a fellow student with mental illness are affected by whether the latter is described as having benefitted previously from medication. Results suggest that the promotion of psychiatric medications as helpful may increase stigmatizing attitudes by peers against fellow students with mental illness.
Johnson, Benjamin T.; Grau, Peter Philip; and Saunders, Stephen M., "Psychiatric Medications and Stigmatizing Attitudes in College Students" (2020). Psychology Faculty Research and Publications. 475.