Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Evelyn Parrish

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Joanne Matthews

Committee Member

Dr. Peggy El-Mallakh


Stigma regarding mental illness is common throughout the world, and can lead to social isolation, low self-esteem, loss of income and employment, deterioration of life quality, impeded access to medical care, and a shorter lifespan for people diagnosed with a mental illness (Cleary, Deacon, Jackson, Andrew, & Chan, 2012; Corrigan et al., 2013). The purpose of this DNP project was to provide an evidence-based intervention called In Our Own Voice (IOOV) to first semester sophomore nursing students and assess its impact on their perceptions of mental illness stigma. Alterations in stigma were assessed through the Attribution Questionnaire-27 administered to students directly before and after the program. The present quantitative DNP project provided evidence that the National Alliance of Mental Illness’s IOOV presentation had a significant reduction in stigma of these nursing students in the factors of anger, dangerousness, fear, avoidance, help, and segregation, but not in blame and pity. However, there was a significant increase in their perceptions about coercion to treatment after the presentation.