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Stigma and mental health in students of Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.


The stigma of mental illness has been identified as a barrier to seeking mental health services. In Puerto Rico it has been observed that emotional problems significantly impact the academic performance of college students. The purpose of this research is to explore how stigma towards mental health influences the disposition and use of mental health services in a sample of students at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. An exploratory and descriptive design was used, a questionnaire was evaluated by 12 judges in the area of ​​mental health to determine the validity of content was developed and a pilot study of college (n = 58) was performed. Changes were made according to suggestions from the judges and students. Preliminary results on knowledge and use of mental health services indicate that 67% knew of these services outside the university, while 75% did not know or hardly known of these in the institution but we must emphasize that the study sample pilot are freshmen. This can influence their knowledge about the services offered at the university. Seventy percent reported that it has sought mental health services (9% inside and 25% outside the university). While 66% seek services if you have an emotional crisis. However, 41% do not believe necessary to seek professional services. It is necessary to explore the barriers to seeking mental health services to develop effective interventions.


INVESTIGADORES:

José Serra, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Vidalina Feliciano-López, Ph.D., Co-Investigator



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