Negative attitudes toward people with mental illnesses leads these individuals to utilize non-traditional avenues of support-seeking, including online venues. Within these venues, particularly the website Tumblr, the practice of self-diagnosing is common. At present, self-diagnosing is understudied, making it difficult to determine if self-diagnosed individuals face public stigma. Thus, one question about this phenomenon is as follows: are people who present themselves online as self-diagnosed stigmatized compared to those who present themselves as professionally diagnosed? The proposed thesis will address this question. Participants will view one of three Tumblr blogs (professionally diagnosed, self-diagnosed, and no diagnosis). It is hypothesized that participants will express differential desires to distance themselves from individuals who claim to have been self-diagnosed as compared to individuals who say they have been professionally diagnosed.
Year manuscript completed
Year degree awarded
self-diagnosis, tumblr, stigma, public stigma
Master of Science
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Roberts, Asheley Marie, "PUBLIC STIGMA TOWARDS THE PRESENTATION OF SELF-DIAGNOSED MENTAL ILLNESS" (2018). Murray State Theses and Dissertations. 87.