Exploring perceptions of depression: A performer perspective

Florence Lebrun, Dave Collins*, Àine MacNamara, Sheelagh Rodgers

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Perceptions towards mental health symptoms and disorders seem to be shaped by societal, environmental, cultural, and personal beliefs. As such, differences may exist across different sub-groups or cultures which could, in turn, influence treatment and prevention. The present study considered performers’, selected from different environments, knowledge, attitudes, and reactions towards a common mental health disorder; namely, depression. To do so, a vignette-method was employed with 197 participants (n athletes= 97, n performing artists= 17, n military forces= 26, and n general population= 57) to examine the groups’ ability to discriminate between depression levels, together with their reactions and personal attitudes towards people presenting such symptomatology. Statistical analyses showed that the severity of depression, as depicted in the vignettes, exerted a significant influence on participants’ recognition and reactions. Moreover, an age effect was observed on participants’ reactions, whilst a between-group effect was identified regarding groups’ attitudes and beliefs towards depression. Differences in knowledge, reactions, and attitudes towards symptoms of depression identified in relation to performance environments add to the literature stressing the need for context-specific mental health interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Early online date10 Jan 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jan 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • attitudes
  • high-performance environments
  • mental health
  • reactions
  • recognition


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