Usage of Message Framing to Promote Stress Management Between U.S. and International Students

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Usage of Message Framing to Promote Stress Management Between U.S. and International Students

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2018

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Message framing has been utilized to generate behavioral change based on its emphasis on the costs or benefits of enacting a health behavior. Effective application of framing may help increase mental health help-seeking behavior among international and U.S. students. Framed messages about stress management were exposed to students to encourage seeking help for stress management. A total of 253 undergraduate participants were presented information promoting stress management in either the gain- or loss-frame and were asked to indicate specific mental health services they would consider using. Participants were also assessed on the likelihood they would seek help and their perceived effectiveness of the message. The type of frame that students were exposed to did not show a resulting change. Findings suggest that more research is required to determine the effect of message framing mental health to international and domestic students. Results contribute to a growing literature about international students’ mental health help-seeking attitudes and behaviors.

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Faculty advisor: Dr. Traci Mann

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This research was supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

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Ahn, Jaye Jungmin. (2018). Usage of Message Framing to Promote Stress Management Between U.S. and International Students. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/198896.

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