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Changing public stigma with continuum beliefs

Corrigan, Patrick W., Schmidt, Annie, Bink, Andrea B., Nieweglowski, Katherine, Al-Khouja, Maya A., Qin, Sang and Discont, Steve 2017. Changing public stigma with continuum beliefs. Journal of Mental Health 26 (5) , pp. 411-418. 10.1080/09638237.2016.1207224

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Background: Given the egregious effect of public stigma on the lives of people with mental illness, researchers have sought to unpack and identify effective components of anti-stigma programs. Aim: We expect to show that continuum messages have more positive effect on stigma and affirming attitudes (beliefs that people with mental illness recover and should be personally empowered) than categorical perspectives. The effect of continuum beliefs will interact with contact strategies. Method: A total of 598 research participants were randomly assigned to online presentations representing one of the six conditions: three messages (continuum, categorical, or neutral control) by two processes (education or contact). Participants completed measures of continuum beliefs (as a manipulation check), stigma and affirming attitudes after viewing the condition. Results: Continuum messages had significantly better effect on views that people with mental illness are “different,” a finding that interacted with contact. Continuum messages also had better effects on recovery beliefs, once again an effect that interacted significantly with contact. Conclusions: Implications of these findings for improving anti-stigma programs are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0963-8237
Date of Acceptance: 10 May 2016
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 08:06

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