The purpose of this study was to evaluate the mental health literacy of obsessive-compulsive disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder in a rural area. This poster session will review the findings from the study. Implications for counselor advocacy and suggestions for replication and further study will be reviewed.
This study evaluated the MHL of OCD and OCPD in a rural area. Participants (N=89) were recruited from a rural community in the Northeast region of the United States. The study used a vignette methodology to examine the MHL of the participants. Results supported the hypothesis that recognition of OCPD would be low, as 100% of participants incorrectly labeled it. A significant association was found regarding how often participants labeled the disorder OCD in either vignette. Significant relationships were also found when evaluating how participants answered the OCD and OCPD vignettes regarding if a mental disorder was reflected if professional help was recommended, who the person should go to for help, the benefits of medication or counseling, and if symptoms should not be talked about with others. These findings suggest that there is a clear lack of MHL of OCPD, that current understanding of OCD may not reflect true diagnostic criteria, and that individuals view both disorders similarly regarding treatment and stigma. Thus, it is an ethical imperative that professional counselors and counselor educators advocate for MHL literacy to help improve patient care.
Participants will learn the importance of mental health literacy in the general public.
Participants will be provided specific suggestions to advocate and improve MHL in their communities and act as change agents to benefit individuals living with mental disorders.
Participants will learn about the similarities and differences between OCD and OCPD.