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Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci. 2009;46(3):226-30.

Reducing mental illness stigma in mental health professionals using a web-based approach.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Cerrahpa┼ča Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Aksaray, Istanbul, Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was designed to investigate the efficacy of a web-based mental disorder stigma education program for mental health professionals.

METHODS:

The sample consisted of 205 individuals who were either residents or specialists in psychiatry. Participants were contacted through a national web-based e-mail group that consisted of professionals in psychiatry, who were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. The experimental group received an informative e-mail which contained a general account of "stigma" before they were asked to respond to an Internet-based questionnaire which was designed to predict their stigmatizing attitudes towards individuals with mental disorders. Control subjects, on the other hand, were asked to respond to the same Internet-based questionnaire without having been given the aforementioned informative e-mail.

RESULTS:

The experimental group, compared to the control group, demonstrated a lesser stigmatizing attitude towards individuals with mental illness, as measured by the Internet-based survey which utilized the "social distance" concepts of stigma.

CONCLUSIONS:

These data suggest that such "anti-stigma" campaigns using the potential of the Internet might be an effective tool in the fight against the stigmatization of persons with mental illness.

PMID:
20039525
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