Substance use more stigmatized than smoking and obesity

  title={Substance use more stigmatized than smoking and obesity},
  author={Lindsay A. Phillips and Autherine Shaw},
  journal={Journal of Substance Use},
  pages={247 - 253}
This study expanded on past research on perception of individuals by comparing people who are described as using substances with people who are described as smoking and people who are described as obese. This research was a 2 (active difficulty vs. remission) by 3 (substance use, smoking, obesity) factorial design. There were a total of N = 161 adult participants who read a fictitious scenario about an individual who was either actively facing one of the aforementioned problems or in remission… 

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  • W. White
  • Psychology
    Journal of substance abuse treatment
  • 2009