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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Martin Gipson

First Committee Member

Gary Howells

Second Committee Member

Keven Schock


While research has been conducted concerning the general public's attitudes toward mental illness, no work has been done specifically with the business community. I tested an intervention designed to increase the likelihood of the hiring of the mentally ill by San Joaquin Valley business community members. A pretest-posttest-control group design was used in which the treatment group received a presentation based on Rokeach's Value Self-Confrontation method. As hypothesized, the treatment group changed its values toward greater acceptance of mental illness. However, results of a test designed to measure likelihood of hiring the mentally ill revealed that the treatment group felt no differently about hiring persons with a mental illness than they did before the intervention. In addition, these results did not differ significantly from those of a control group that was not exposed to the self-confrontation method.




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