Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ph.D. in Higher Education

First Advisor

Stephanie Lusk Smith

Second Advisor

Richard Balkin

Third Advisor

Kenya Bledsoe


University of Mississippi

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Objective: An under-utilization of mental health care services among BIPOC exists, and one of the leading drivers of this barrier is stigma. Given a plethora of research on reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues, the present meta-analysis aimed to investigate the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of SDR interventions among BIPOC. Method: The present meta-analysis was performed in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines to establish complete and accurate reporting of information. A systematic review yielded a total of seven articles meeting the predetermined inclusion criteria. Effect sizes were computed for all studies and for each treatment condition within the studies. Results: Sample sizes of the studies varied from 42 to 196 with a total of 609 participants across the selected studies. Collectively, studies investigated the effectiveness of SDR interventions among Black/African Americans, Korean (Asian) Americans, and Latinx. Overall outcomes of this meta-analysis suggest SDR interventions were not effective in reducing mental health stigma for BIPOC. Conclusion: Empirical conclusions and transparency on the current degree of effectiveness of mental health SDR interventions for BIPOC were provided through this study; however, the limited number of pooled studies suggests additional research is needed to identify positive SDR interventions for BIPOC.



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