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Community Ment Health J. 2007 Apr;43(2):171-81. Epub 2006 Sep 19.

Will filmed presentations of education and contact diminish mental illness stigma?

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  • 1Institute of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616, USA.


This study examines the impact of two versions of anti-stigma programs-education and contact-presented on videotape. A total of 244 people were randomly assigned to education or contact conditions and completed pre-test, post-test, and follow-up measures of stereotypes. Results suggest that the education videotape had limited effects, mostly showing improvement in responsibility (people with mental illness are not to blame for their symptoms and disabilities). Watching the contact videotaped showed significant improvement in pity, empowerment, coercion, and segregation. Contact effects were evident at post-test and 1 week follow-up. Implications of these findings for future research are discussed.

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