Stigma & Mental Illness – Young Adults

What are college students saying about psychiatric medication? Kranke, D., Jackson, S. E., Floersch, J., & Anderson-Fye, E. P. (2013). Journal of Scientific Research, 5(3A), 595-602.

This article explores college students’ experience with psychiatric medication and how it impacts functioning and stigma. Read article here.


Postsecondary Students and Disability Stigma: Development of the Postsecondary Student Survey of Disability-Related Stigma (PSSDS). Trammell, J. (2009). Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 22(2), 106-116.

Students receiving disability accommodations are subjected to negative stereotypes, inaccurate assessments of their ability to complete college level work, inappropriate judgments by peers, lack of accommodations outside of the classroom and increased self-doubt and academic anxiety. Read article here.


Red-Shirting College Students with Disabilities. Trammell, J. (2009). Learning Assistance Review, 14(2), 21-31.

College and university students with disabilities, both visible and invisible, must deal with what sociologist Erving Goffman called information management; they must control and protect their stigmatized identity by considering who to tell what, how much to tell, and when to tell. Read article here.


Concerns and needs of university students with psychiatric disabilities. Weiner, E., & Wiener, J. (1996). Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 12(1), 2-9.

Five areas of concern were identified amongst university students with psychiatric disabilities: problems with focusing attention and organization, low self-esteem, problems with trust, stigma, and high levels of stress. Read article here.