Date of Award


Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

Second Department


First Advisor

Cay Anderson-Hanley

Second Advisor

Benjamin Weiner




health, mental, support, gender, parity


In this study, a survey was given that tested the relationship of demographics such as age, education, gender and income on support for Mental Health Parity. Variables such as proximity, stigma, political identification, political ideology and knowledge were also measured to examine to what extent they were related to support for mental health. They survey was administered through Zarca, an online web-based survey system. The participants in this study consisted of 200 persons. These persons ranged in age from 18 to 80, including 113 college students (all of which were students at Union College), 61 Professionals, and the 23 people from the general public. Simple and partial correlation tests were conducted and charts were formed from the results. Results concluded that stigma, proximity and political identity were significantly related to one’s tendency to support or oppose policy on mental health parity (MHP). This was true even after partialing out variability due to gender and education which were also significantly related to opinion about MHP. Even with gender controlled for, stigma had the largest correlation (r= -.45) to general support for Mental Health Parity.