Why is this Study Being Done?

This study will measure the stigma of depression, specifically in SPAs 4 & 6 in Los Angeles. There is very little research that shows the correlation between the arts and mental health.  This study will address this knowledge gap–to assess change in perceived stigma around depression using a play about depression.

What Will Happen if I Take Part in this Research Study?

If you volunteer to participate in this study, the researcher will ask you to do the following:

  • Take a short anonymous survey about depression and stigma before and after the play. The survey will ask basic demographics questions with no questions that will identify you. 

  • After the conclusion of the play, we will also invite you to join our focus group to discuss the play in further detail, participation is also voluntary.  For participating in the focus group, you will receive $20 cash.

How Long Will I Be in the Research Study?

Participation will take a total of approximately 5 minutes.  If you decide to stay for the focus group, participation will take a total of approximately 45-60 minutes and you will receive $20 cash for your time.

Are There Any Potential Risks or Benefits if I Participate?


The play revolves around characters who are struggling with depression. You may feel empathy and sadness towards the characters and this may cause you to reflect on family members/friends who have depression or you may reflect upon your depression if you have depression or have experienced depression. 


You may benefit from the study as the play may offer an opportunity for audience members to gain greater empathy towards persons suffering from depression as well as promote self-reflection. It may also improve a person’s sense of comfort to talk more freely about depression and may promote a greater discussion about mental health problems and how to access treatment and a sense of hope for recovery.


The results of the research may benefit society in exploring that the arts can be part of the healing processes for depressed persons as well as help reduce the stigma of depression.

What Other Choices Do I Have if I Choose Not to Participate?

Participation in the survey is optional. You do not have to participate and can simply watch the play.

What are My Rights if I Take Part in this Study?

  • You can choose whether or not you want to be in this study, and you may withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time.

  • Whatever decision you make, there will be no penalty to you, and no loss of benefits to which you were otherwise entitled.

  • You may refuse to answer any questions that you do not want to answer and still remain in the study.

What are My Rights if I Take Part in this Study?

Please contact:

Kia Skrine Jeffers, PhD, RN, PHN



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