Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Rehabilitation Counseling

First Advisor

Dr. Bruce J. Reed

Second Advisor

Dr. Xiaohui Wang

Third Advisor

Dr. Rene Gonzalez


This study is designed to examine the effects of acculturation and level of familiarity on stigma of Mexican American college students towards individuals with schizophrenia along the border of Texas and Mexico (N = 223). The area has a history of high levels of disparity in regards to the utilization of mental health services. Data was collected by surveying Mexican American college students through a convenience sample at two separate post-secondary southwestern Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) along a border community. The instrumentation for the study was composed of a demographic questionnaire, The Acculturation Scale for Mexican-Americans-II (Cuéllar, Arnold, & Maldonado, 1995), The Attribution Questionnaire (AQ-27) (Corrigan, Markowitz, Watson, Rowan, & Kubiak, 2003), and The Level of Familiarity Scale (Corrigan, Edwards, Green, Diwan, & Penn, 2001). Consistent with previous findings, results from one-way ANOVAs found acculturation and level of familiarity related to lower scores for attributes associated with stigma of individuals with schizophrenia. Regression analysis found predictability for attributes from factors that included acculturation, level of familiarity, gender, age and work status. There was no correlation found between acculturation level and level of familiarity for the population surveyed.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American