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Reducing stigma: the effect of an educational intervention

  • Author / Creator
    Burns, Amy Minh Nhat
  • The stigma associated with a mental illness can be an impediment to recovery and has been described as more long lasting and disabling than the illness itself (Schulze & Angermeyer, 2003). Thus reducing stigma is an important cornerstone in any mental health strategy. This study examined the impact of an educational presentation by the Edmonton Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic (EEPIC) on reducing stigma associated with psychosis and schizophrenia. Stigma was measured using the Attribution Questionnaire (Corrigan, Markowitz, Watson, Rowan, & Kubiak, 2003) and the World Psychiatric Association’s Presentation Evaluation (Sartorius & Schulze, 2005). Respondents’ knowledge about the causes of schizophrenia improved as a result of the presentation. In addition, respondents viewed people with schizophrenia as less dangerous and were less socially distancing after the educational presentation. These results provide preliminary evidence that a time-limited educational presentation can foster positive attitudes and reduce the stigma related to schizophrenia.

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  • Graduation date
    2009-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3P986
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Purdon, Scot (Psychiatry)
    • Leighton, Jacqueline (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Gierl, Mark (Educational Psychology)
    • Leighton, Jacqueline (Educational Psychology)
    • Purdon, Scot (Psychiatry)