Author

Kevan Mock

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Psychology

College

College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree

M.A.

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Christopher LeGrow

Second Advisor

Steven Mewaldt

Third Advisor

Keith Beard

Abstract

Mental health and business professionals’ employment-related perceptions of 6 psychological disorders (i.e. alcoholism, insomnia, major depression, social phobia, post- traumatic stress disorder, obesity) were examined. The 33 professionals (n = 18 mental health; n = 15 business) evaluated each disorder on 18 employment-related dimensions (e.g. employability, productivity, trainability). Specifically, they evaluated the perceived likelihood of each of the 18 employment-related dimensions being associated with each of the 6 psychological disorders (1 = not likely; 5 = highly likely). Perceptions of the 33 mental health and business professionals were compared with the perceptions of college students (n = 106) obtained in prior research (LeGrow, Boster, Mock, & Wood, 2003). It was hypothesized that the mental health and business professionals would display: (a) more positive employment-related perceptions and (b) a factor structure explaining a greater amount of variance in employment-related perceptions than the college students. The results of the investigation provided partial support for hypothesis (a) and strong support for hypothesis (b).

Subject(s)

Businessmen -- Attitudes.

Mental health personnel -- Attitudes.

College students -- Attitudes.

Alcoholism -- Public opinion.

Insomnia -- Public opinion.

Depression, Mental -- Public opinion.

Social phobia -- Public opinion.

Stress disorder -- Public opinion.

Obesity -- Public opinion.