Lauren Gonzales

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OBJECTIVE Microaggressions are subtle verbal or behavioral communications of disparaging messages to people based upon membership in a socially marginalized group. Their negative impact has been demonstrated for racial/ethnic groups, gender, sexual orientation, and physical disability, but currently no research exists on microaggressions as experienced by(More)
This study examined the relationship between change in internalized stigma and social functioning over time. Thirty-five individuals with severe mental illness completed measures of self-stigma, social functioning and symptoms at baseline, 4 months, and 7 months. Change in self-stigma was significantly negatively related to change in social functioning,(More)
OBJECTIVE This article presents findings from a naturalistic study that explored the impact of peer support participation on recovery-related outcomes over a 6-month period. In particular, this study hoped to fill gaps in the literature regarding the process through which personal change occurs in peer support organizations. METHOD Fifty people newly(More)
This study examined the performance of referred Hispanic English-language learners (N = 40) on the English and Spanish versions of the Cognitive Assessment System (CAS; Naglieri & Das, 1997 ). The CAS measures basic neuropsychological processes based on the Planning, Attention, Simultaneous, and Successive (PASS) theory (Naglieri & Das, 1997 ; Naglieri &(More)
The study objective was to develop a new measure for use in the empirical measurement of microaggression behaviors perpetrated towards persons with mental illness and examine its psychometric properties. Following development of an initial item pool, 505 participants (students at a large college in New York City and community members recruited through(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to compare assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) eligibility characteristics among participants receiving community treatment through AOT and non-AOT referrals. METHODS A total of 131 AOT and non-AOT charts were reviewed from three sites within one treatment agency in New York City. Intake information was coded for(More)
While studies indicate that stigmatizing attitudes persist in the general public, individual and neighborhood level factors that are associated with increased likelihood of holding stigmatizing attitudes have been seldom studied. This study examined the demographic and neighborhood correlates of stigmatizing attitudes among community members in New York(More)
This article identifies two major traditions that drive the mandate for a community mental health care system-community protection and individual healing. It discusses the historical antecedents of these two traditions and how these traditions relate to different visions of what the "common good" means. It then discusses how they both operate in the current(More)
OBJECTIVE Administrative data were used to examine the demographic and service-use characteristics of participants in a large consumer-operated agency in New York City (NYC). METHOD Demographic characteristics for all consumer-operated agency participants in 2011 (N = 3,296) were compared with data from the 2011 Office of Mental Health Patient(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined the association between neighborhood characteristics, stigma related to mental illness reported by local community members, and measures of perceived stigma and community participation among individuals with psychiatric disabilities living in independent scattered-site housing or in congregate housing in three neighborhoods in(More)