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Three agendas for changing the public stigma of mental illness.

  • Academic Journal
  • Corrigan PW; Department of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology.
    Al-Khouja MA; Department of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation journal [Psychiatr Rehabil J] 2018 Mar; Vol. 41 (1), pp. 1-7.
  • English
  • Objective: Antistigma programs may be guided by 3 differing agendas: services (promote treatment engagement), rights (help people achieve rightful goals), and self-worth (facilitate self-worth and efficacy). This study examined the construct validity of this perspective by examining the factor structure of importance ratings of the 3 agendas. The study examined how importance might be viewed differently by the population as a whole versus a subsample of people who reported previous experience with mental health services and hence could be directly harmed by stigma.
    Methods: 373 individuals recruited using Mechanical Turk completed importance ratings for each of the 3 agendas. Measures of public stigma were completed to examine concurrent validity of importance ratings. Those who reported taking medications for a psychiatric disorder were divided into a separate group and completed a measure of self-stigma.
    Results: Outcomes seemed to confirm the factor structure of the 3 agendas model thereby offering partial support for the framework. Group analyses showed the services agenda was viewed as more important than rights or self-worth. People with mental health experience viewed the services agenda as more important than the other 2. However, dividing the mental health group into low and high self-stigma revealed that those with low self-stigma rated the rights agenda as more important. Conclusions and Implication for Practice: Participants with lower self-stigma identify the harm brought by stigma and thus endorse rights and self-worth more than those with higher self-stigma. Implications of these findings are discussed to assist to prioritize agendas for public health campaigns. (PsycINFO Database Record
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Additional Information
Publisher: American Psychological Association Country of Publication: United States NLM ID: 9601800 Publication Model: Print Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1559-3126 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 1095158X NLM ISO Abbreviation: Psychiatr Rehabil J Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: Sept. 2012- : Washington, DC : American Psychological Association
Original Publication: Boston, Mass. : Copublished by IAPSRS and the Dept. of Rehabilitation Counseling, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, c1995-
Date Created: 20180302 Date Completed: 20181126 Latest Revision: 20181126

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