Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Guyla Davis

Second Advisor

Dr. Randall Wight

Third Advisor

Dr. Lori Hensley

Abstract

Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder characterized by disturbances in thought, behavior, and communication that last longer than 6 months (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). The symptoms of schizophrenia are often so severe that the individual is unable to function normally in society. The resulting erratic behavior, combined with misinformation about the disorder in general, leads to the negative stigma now associated with the disorder. The research presented here evaluates public stigmatization towards schizophrenics; it also explores the similarities between behavior due to racial stereotyping and behavior based on stigmatization of schizophrenics.

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