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Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2010 Winter;33(3):236-8.

Evaluating the effectiveness of a consumer delivered anti-stigma program: replication with graduate-level helping professionals.

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Department of Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, The Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health, San Diego, CA, USA.



This study evaluated a consumer delivered anti-stigma presentation, In Our Own Voice (IOOV), with Masters of Social Work (MSW) students, replicating a previous study with undergraduates.


Thirty MSW students completed pre and post surveys to measure changes in attitude, knowledge and social distance after the presentation.


Paired samples t-tests showed increases in attitude (p < .001), knowledge (p < .05), and social distance (p < .001). Compared with previous research on undergraduate students, MSW students scored higher on all three pre-test measures (all p < .001).


The results further support the effectiveness of IOOV and indicate that graduate level helping professionals can benefit from anti-stigma programs. Future research should go beyond self-report knowledge and attitude evaluation, test the efficacy of the components of the IOOV program (video, contact with presenters), and test the lasting effects of the program.

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