Using Celebrities in Abnormal Psychology as Teaching Tools to Decrease Stigma and Increase Help Seeking

  title={Using Celebrities in Abnormal Psychology as Teaching Tools to Decrease Stigma and Increase Help Seeking},
  author={Anne M Ferrari},
  journal={Teaching of Psychology},
  pages={329 - 333}
  • A. Ferrari
  • Published 10 August 2016
  • Psychology
  • Teaching of Psychology
Research shows that a very small percentage of those who suffer from mental illness seek professional help and fear of stigma is a principal factor why individuals are reluctant to obtain assistance. This study evaluated whether using examples of celebrities’ experiences with mental illness as a form of “contact” with a mentally ill person would reduce public stigma toward mental illness as well as stigma toward obtaining psychological assistance. Data were collected using a pre–post design… 

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