Survey Development -Brandon

Researching case studies is certainly an important part of my independent project however, there are many other ways to learn about bipolar disorder and mental illness in general. At the beginning of the year, Lily and I talked about creating a survey for the Upper School students. It would give us an opportunity to share our research with the student body and involve them in our project. Also, the survey would allow us to better understand the general public’s perception of bipolar disorder and mental illnesses.

This week we started the process of creating the survey. We originally had the idea to create a completely new survey with all of our own questions. Teacher Kiara told us that although not impossible, it is not recommended. Creating a completely new survey would involve vetting each question for its purpose and testing whether or not it conforms to ethical practice standards. I am not one to stray away from challenge however, we all agreed that this endeavor would not be wise

Instead, Lily and I are going to find previous surveys and combine parts of each one to make our own. We have been doing some research and came across a perfect survey on stigma. We were able to find the case study analyzing the results of the survey however, we were not able to find the survey itself. The survey in question was the first national survey that garnered information about knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and autism from the public in France. The survey consists of 21 questions and was given to 1000 adults from an established market research group. It covered “mental health knowledge (n = 8), attitudes (n = 5) and behaviors (n = 4) towards those with mental disorders and familiarity with mental disorders (n = 4).” The most interesting result from the survey centered around social distancing. Survey respondents believed that ” Individuals with schizophrenia are assumed to be dangerous; 65% respondents would engage in social distancing from such an individual, versus 29% for bipolar disorders and 7% for autism.”

This survey would fit incredibly well with our goal to research stigma in the Westtown community. Lily and I combed through the references of case study and we not able to find a copy of the actual survey itself. Teacher Betsy did not have any luck either and suggested that we e-mail the authors of the case study in order to obtain a copy of the survey. We have been working on getting the contact information of the four primary authors: Isabelle Durand-Zaleski, Jan Scott, Frédéric Rouillon, and Marion Leboyer. Hopefully, by next week we will have a response and will be able to start crafting our survey. In the meantime, I will be researching alternative treatments for bipolar disorder so stay tuned for that.


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4 thoughts on “Survey Development -Brandon

  1. acovaleski

    I think this is a cool way of putting your research into action. I like how you guys decided to look at existing information and since most of the difficult leg work was already done by those researchers it should be easier to get straight to the data. I think it would still be interesting to see if you can take the information you gain from looking at the research and make a survey the whole school could interact with. Good luck with finding the study!

  2. willmanidis

    It will be really interesting to see you apply your research through this survey. Getting your hands dirty with some of the math behind the research should contextualize it a lot more for you.

  3. randyhimself

    Inspiring to see your passion and dedication kept sky high. Hope you can keep us updated with the survey in the future. It’s an invaluable skill to know how to collect information.

  4. lwhochbe

    Personally, I think the survey is a phenomenal idea. Stygma around mental illness is (contrary to popular belief) a very serious issue right here at Westtown. I’ve seen it happen too many times; when someone breaks an arms it’s completely normal, but when someone goes on medical leave for an ED or depression or BDD, not a soul is supposed to know outside of the family of the student and the administration. What I am trying to get across here is that you and Lily are doing a really brave thing here; it’s about time student challenge that stygma here in our own home.


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