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Imagining intergroup contact can combat mental health stigma by reducing anxiety, avoidance and negative stereotyping.
J Soc Psychol. 2012 Nov-Dec; 152(6):746-57.JS

Abstract

Research has demonstrated widespread negative attitudes held toward people with mental health problems. Our study investigated whether a new prejudice reduction technique, imagined intergroup contact (Crisp & Turner, 2009), could combat stigma against people with mental illness, and the mediating processes through which it may exert this beneficial effect. We found that compared to a control condition, participants who imagined a positive encounter with a schizophrenic person reported weakened stereotypes and formed stronger intentions to engage in future social interactions with schizophrenic people in general. Importantly, these intentions were formed due to reduced feelings of anxiety about future interactions. We discuss the implications of these findings for improving the social inclusion of people with mental health problems.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Greenwich, Department of Psychology and Counselling, London SE9 2UG, UK. s.stathi@gre.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23057193

Citation

Stathi, Sofia, et al. "Imagining Intergroup Contact Can Combat Mental Health Stigma By Reducing Anxiety, Avoidance and Negative Stereotyping." The Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 152, no. 6, 2012, pp. 746-57.
Stathi S, Tsantila K, Crisp RJ. Imagining intergroup contact can combat mental health stigma by reducing anxiety, avoidance and negative stereotyping. J Soc Psychol. 2012;152(6):746-57.
Stathi, S., Tsantila, K., & Crisp, R. J. (2012). Imagining intergroup contact can combat mental health stigma by reducing anxiety, avoidance and negative stereotyping. The Journal of Social Psychology, 152(6), 746-57.
Stathi S, Tsantila K, Crisp RJ. Imagining Intergroup Contact Can Combat Mental Health Stigma By Reducing Anxiety, Avoidance and Negative Stereotyping. J Soc Psychol. 2012 Nov-Dec;152(6):746-57. PubMed PMID: 23057193.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Imagining intergroup contact can combat mental health stigma by reducing anxiety, avoidance and negative stereotyping. AU - Stathi,Sofia, AU - Tsantila,Katerina, AU - Crisp,Richard J, PY - 2012/10/13/entrez PY - 2012/10/13/pubmed PY - 2012/11/14/medline SP - 746 EP - 57 JF - The Journal of social psychology JO - J Soc Psychol VL - 152 IS - 6 N2 - Research has demonstrated widespread negative attitudes held toward people with mental health problems. Our study investigated whether a new prejudice reduction technique, imagined intergroup contact (Crisp & Turner, 2009), could combat stigma against people with mental illness, and the mediating processes through which it may exert this beneficial effect. We found that compared to a control condition, participants who imagined a positive encounter with a schizophrenic person reported weakened stereotypes and formed stronger intentions to engage in future social interactions with schizophrenic people in general. Importantly, these intentions were formed due to reduced feelings of anxiety about future interactions. We discuss the implications of these findings for improving the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. SN - 0022-4545 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23057193/Imagining_intergroup_contact_can_combat_mental_health_stigma_by_reducing_anxiety_avoidance_and_negative_stereotyping_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00224545.2012.697080 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -