Date of Thesis Acceptance
Major Department or Program
The present study aimed to quantify relationships between internal and external identity management and well-being in individuals with two types of invisible disabilities: learning disabilities and a history of mental health problems. Participants were 111 college students (ages 18-52; 64% women) recruited via email lists who self-identified as having an invisible disability. Participants completed surveys measuring levels of internal identification with disability, outness about the disability, self-esteem, and self-determination. Correlational analysis revealed significant relationships between dis-identification with disability and both self-esteem and self-determination in students with invisible disabilities (p < .001, p = .006, respectively). The results highlight the stigmatizing effects of diagnostic labels for students with invisible disabilities and the need for a multidimensional scale to measure identification with disability.
Identity (Philosophical concept), Identity (Psychology), Mental illness -- Mental Health Problems, Learning disabilities -- Social aspects, Disabilities -- Invisible, People with disabilities, Stigma (Social psychology), Self-esteem, Autonomy (Psychology) -- Self-determination (Psychology), Beatrice Ann Posner Wright (1917- ), Whitman College 2011 -- Dissertation collection -- Psychology Department
Public Accessible Thesis
If you have questions about permitted uses of this content, please contact the ARMINDA administrator
Carlson, Tessa and Davies, Ashley, "“Invisible” disabilities : identity management and well-being in college students" (2011). Honors Theses. 244.
In Copyright. URI: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).