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Relationship Between Demographic Variables and Attitudes Towards GAD in Ireland

Maksimovica, Elvita (2022) Relationship Between Demographic Variables and Attitudes Towards GAD in Ireland. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is one of the most common anxiety disorders in Ireland. Although quality treatments are now available, many people do not seek help when they experience this illness. One of the biggest challenges these individuals face is the negative attitude held towards GAD in society. Based on available research, this study sought to investigate the relationship between demographic variables and attitudes towards GAD in Ireland. The hypotheses presented were that there is no significant difference in the attitudes of males and females towards GAD, and there is significant difference in attitudes towards GAD between different age and educational groups. Participants were recruited through social media platforms using convenience sampling (N = 70). Participants completed demographic questionnaires regarding their age, gender and educational level and a Generalized Anxiety Stigma scale. Results found no significant difference between any of these groups. This might indicate that there are no demographic differences in attitudes towards GAD and that intervention policies to reduce stigma should reflect the results of this research in planning future strategies. Interventions should focus on more general approaches to target stigma that could be applied to all age, gender and educational groups.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: GAD; GASS; Stigma; Attitudes; Ireland; Adults; Anxiety
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2022 13:29
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2022 13:29
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5658

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