The Influence of Instructor Mental Illness Disclosure on the Perceptions of Mental Illness, Classroom Climate, Teacher Credibility, Homophily, and Social Attraction
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
John F. Hooker
Cheri J. Simonds
This study uses the lens of Communication Privacy Management theory to analyze the impact an instructor’s depth of disclosure of their mental illness can have on mental illness stigmatization, classroom climate, as well as teacher credibility, homophily, and social attraction. Participants responded to a series of quantitative-based questions regarding a hypothetical syllabus with varied levels of a teacher disclosing their mental illness. Results indicated that none of the investigated dependent variables were negatively affected by the hypothetical instructor’s disclosure, and mental illness stigmatization was lessened. Implications, limitations, and areas for future research are discussed.
Bridgemen, Kirsten L., "The Influence of Instructor Mental Illness Disclosure on the Perceptions of Mental Illness, Classroom Climate, Teacher Credibility, Homophily, and Social Attraction" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 1278.
Communication Commons, Higher Education Administration Commons, Higher Education and Teaching Commons, Psychiatric and Mental Health Commons
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