The Effects of Self Compassion and Stigma on Mental Health Help-Seeking Attitudes in Collegiate Athletes
Redmond, Lorenzo A.
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This study looks to analyze self-stigma, public stigma and self-compassion as they contribute to an individual’s attitudes toward mental health help-seeking. Evidence within this study suggests that these attitudes can be accurately predicted by the internalization of self-stigma, public stigma, and selfcompassion. The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of stigma and self-compassion on collegiate athletes. Because much of the literature surrounding mental health help-seeking attitudes is centered around non-athletes, this study looks to extend the research of mental health help-seeking attitudes into the field of Sport Psychology. The current study evaluated a sample of 151 collegiate athletes at a small private Midwestern University. Results indicated that gender, self-stigma, and public stigma were significant positive predictors of mental health help-seeking attitudes. However, selfcompassion measures were found to not be a significant predictor of mental health help-seeking attitudes. The implications of the current study and recommendations for effective measures at increasing mental health help seeking attitudes within collegiate athletes are discussed. iii