student profile: Ms Rachel Maunder


Thesis work

Thesis title: Reducing public stigma and self-stigma towards different mental illness

Supervisors: Fiona WHITE , Rebecca PINKUS

Thesis abstract:

Mental health stigma, both public and internalised, has a myriad of debilitating negative effects for people with mental illness, their friends, and their family. Interventions aimed at reducing this stigma have taken three forms: protest, education, and intergroup contact, with the last being the most effective. This thesis asks whether the stereotypicality of the outgroup member engaged in contact impacts the effectiveness of an online intergroup contact intervention, and whether this impact differs for different mental illnesses and for self-stigma.

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