First Advisor

Liu-Qin Yang

Term of Graduation

Winter 2021

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology






Mental illness -- Social aspects, Work environment, Ostracism (Psychology), Stereotypes (Social psychology), Interpersonal relations, Stigma (Social psychology)



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 76 pages)


Mental illness is a common condition in the United States, with over 20% of working age adults managing a mental illness condition in a given year. Disclosure of mental illness is often required for workers to take advantage of employer-provided resources (e.g., accommodations), yet use of resources is exceedingly low (less than 10%). Negative stigma-related outcomes are a top reason for which individuals delay the use of resources. Using an experimental design in an online data collection of 242 participants over two time points, the current study builds on existing organizational diversity literature to examine the stereotypes associated with mental illness. Drawing from the Stereotype Content Model (SCM), Behaviors from Intergroup Affect and Stereotypes Map (BIAS map), and Gender Role Theory, I explore competence and warmth stereotypes as predictors of differentiated negative interpersonal workplace outcomes, and examine gender as a potential boundary condition of the relations between mental illness status, stereotype perceptions and interpersonal outcomes. Results suggest that for the current study, though hypothesized relationships were not supported, mental illness status was related to a reduced desire of participants to work with individuals managing mental illness. Additionally, competence and warmth perceptions demonstrated differential prediction of both inclusive and exclusive interpersonal intentions, extending understandings on the applicability of the SCM and BIAS map to the workplace.


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