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Serious Mental Illness Stigma Study Review

Describe any pilot test or field test that was done for any instrument in this study.

Describe the sampling plan from the article you are reviewing for this course. What is the name of this sampling plan? Describe any bias that resulted from this sampling design. Did the author address any bias? If so, describe how it was addressed. How does the sampling design impact the generalizability of the study results?

Did your author include enough detail about how the data were collected? Could you use these instructions as a recipe to replicate this study? What steps were missing? Did the author discuss how the data were cleaned and managed? Was the author's mode of data collection appropriate for the sample? Did the author of the study link the findings back to the theory? If so, how was the theory used to interpret the findings? How did the findings contribute to the theory?

Describe the exact procedure that was used to carry out the study. Where, when, how, did they collect their data? Did the authors include all the necessary details so that someone else would be able to follow the steps and be able to replicate the study? If not, what was missing?


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Hi There,
I see that this is a continuation of your current work with the SMI study. In this particular task, you are being asked for a further analysis of the study. As always, keep it concise and simple. I suggest this time using a simple Q&A format to address all the questions directly. I have exemplified this for you below. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. For a simple outline follow this:

1. Article details (take it from your other materials - the summative details never change) - 200 words
2. Q&A - 300 to 400 words

I hope this helps. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Article Review: SMI Stigma

About the Study

• Authors: Covarubbias, I. & Han, M.
• Title: Mental Health Stigma about Serious Mental Illness among MSW Students - Social Contact and Attitude
• Particulars: from the journal Social Work, Oct. 2011, Vol. 56, No. 4.

Summary & Theory

The authors embarked on a limited study of the attitudes and contacts of a group of people familiar or have become expert in social work. What is measured is the attitude and social contact these group of people have on Serious Mental Illness (SMI) as a concept, as an observable and real issue that they have to deal with in their work. The group studied are Master of Social Work (MSW) students from an undisclosed public university in Northwestern US. Essentially, their aim was to, 'study the attitudes and beliefs about serious mental illness' as they hypothesized that stigmatization of SMI, given its detrimental effects, "is an important issue for the social work field to examine." They had 4 working hypotheses as follows:

1. Social contact within intimate relationships would be associated with less desire for social distance and restrictions;
2. Adherence to stereotypes of dangerousness would be associated with higher measures;
3. Belief in recovery would be associated with less desire for social distance and restrictions;
4. Participants with professional training on SMI would have significantly lower levels of stigma.


1. Describe any pilot test or field test that was done for any instrument in this study.

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Solution Summary

The solution (part of a series of articles that analysis the same study) undertakes an article analysis (see above) to help the student identify important details that answers the questions required about it. Resources are listed. The full article under study is also included (see above).