Ariel Lochman, a Lakeland University psychology student, presented research at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) in Chicago on April 12.
Lochman, Mai Lor and Molly Schwibinger, all research assistants in Lakeland’s Psychology Lab, made the trip.
Lochman presented a poster entitled “Factors Contributing to Stigmatizing Attitudes towards the Mentally Ill.” Authors of the research were Lochman, Lor, Olivia Hansen, Krystal Ferrell, Emilie Schartner and Assistant Professor of Psychology Jessica Kalmar, who made the trip with the students and is director of Lakeland’s Psychology Laboratory.
The research explored the impact of respondent age, education, race and sex on attitudes towards the mentally ill. The research found that while age and years of education were associated with attitudes towards the mentally ill, race and sex did not have an impact on stigma ratings. The research also concluded that potential societal shift in stigmatizing attitudes should be investigated.
The MPA program, part of the group’s 90th annual meeting, consisted of nearly a thousand research presentations across a broad range of disciplines, and included major addresses and methodology workshops.