Date of Award
Master of Arts - Psychology
Dr. Lauren Brewer
Dr. Kyle Conlon
Dr. Sylvia Middlebrook
Dr. Robbie Steward
Although the discrimination that Black individuals encounter is unique, it is similar in some ways to the discrimination experienced by individuals with mental illness (Corrigan & Wassel, 2008; Follmer & Jones, 2018; Jackson & Stewart, 2003). Research has found that these kinds of stigma can be overridden (Baumeister et al., 1998), but doing so requires self-regulation, which can be depleted (Gailliot et al., 2007). Because stigma exists against both Black individuals and those with mental illness, and because self-regulation is necessary to override those stigmas, the purpose of this project was to examine the relationships to which Black participants would want to interact with a person with mental illness depending on their level of self-regulation. The results, however, indicated that the race of the target on desire for future interaction was significant. The participants had more desire for future interaction with the Black target than the White target.
Epperson, Kenocha K., "The Effects of Self-Regulation Depletion and Race on the Willingness to Interact with Individuals with Mental Illness" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 303.
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