The effects of a video-presentation on attitudes towards Mental Health

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MacSweeney Mahon, Shane
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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A cross-sectional and longitudinal design was used in order to establish the effects an intervention in the form of a video presentation may have on attitudes towards mental health. Three variables were combined in order to provide an overall measure of attitudes towards mental health. These measures included attitude towards mental illness, attitude towards seeking professional help and empathy. A total of 74 participants took part in the study. Pre and post-intervention effects were measured in one group (n=37) while a separate control group (n=37) did not engage with the intervention. The repeated measures analysis found that there was no significant difference between pre-intervention scores and post-intervention scores. There was a significant difference between both conditions for each measure when the variables were compared individually. Additionally, the between group analysis indicated that there was a positive significant difference between the post-intervention group and the non-intervention (control) group. Author Keywords: Mental Health, Attitudes, Intervention, Mental Illness, Professional Help, Empathy