Social Work Faculty and Mental Illness Stigma

Amy C. Watson, Anjali Fulambarker, David C. Kondrat, Lynn Holley, Derrick Kranke, Brittany T. Wilkins, Layne K. Stromwall, Shaun M. Eack

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Stigma is a significant barrier to recovery and full community inclusion for people with mental illnesses. Social work educators can play critical roles in addressing this stigma, yet little is known about their attitudes. Social work educators were surveyed about their general attitudes about people with mental illnesses, attitudes about practice with people with mental illnesses, and attitudes about students with mental illnesses. On average, educators’ general and practice attitudes were not negative. However, respondents did view a student with a mental illness differently from a “typical social work student.” Findings suggest that we, as social work educators, must raise our awareness and address our own attitudes to support students and uphold our social work values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-186
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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