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Stigma towards psychosis: Cross-cultural differences in prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination in White British and South Asians

Stigma towards psychosis: Cross-cultural differences in prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination in White British and South Asians

Ahmed, Sehar, Birtel, Michèle D. ORCID: 0000-0002-2383-9197, Pyle, Melissa and Morrison, Anthony P. (2019) Stigma towards psychosis: Cross-cultural differences in prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination in White British and South Asians. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. ISSN 1052-9284 (Print), 1099-1298 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2437)

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Abstract

Public stigma towards people with mental health problems has been demonstrated in Western societies. Little is known about non-Western cultures and whether cultures differ in their perceptions of people with mental health problems. Aim of this study was to examine cultural differences in prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination towards people with psychosis. Participants were young people from White British and South Asian backgrounds (N = 128, aged 16-20 years) recruited from two schools and colleges in the UK. They completed a cross-sectional survey on affective, cognitive and behavioral dimensions of stigma. Results revealed significant cultural differences on all three stigma dimensions. South Asians attributed higher anger (prejudice) and dangerousness (stereotypes) to people with psychosis than White British. They also reported lower willingness to help, greater avoidance and higher endorsement of segregation (discrimination). The effects of ethnic group on helping intentions, avoidance and segregation endorsement were mediated by anger and by dangerousness. Understanding cultural differences in stigma towards psychosis will be important for designing stigma interventions as well as treatments for people with different cultural backgrounds.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health, psychosis, stigma, cultural differences, South Asians
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 15:11
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24998

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