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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Perceptions of Mental Illness and Wellness Among Emerging Adults

The medical world is advancing at a great rate. However, there are still many misperceptions about mental health. Lack of knowledge about mental illness can lead to potentially devasting outcomes for individuals suffering from such illnesses as schizophrenia and depression. Adolescence and emerging adulthood (those aged 18-25) can mark the onset for these two disorders. After a brief examination of contemporary literature, the presenter will discuss how this brief study examined perceptions and awareness of mental illness in a group of college students (emerging adults). Results show a range of perceptions about the symptoms and treatment, and this pilot study has implications for future research. Participants from health science and psychology should benefit from this session.

Presenter: Kristen Paulson (Graduate Student)
Topic: Health Science
Location: 31 Hartwell
Time: 11:25 am (Session II)