student profile: Ms Rachel Maunder


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Thesis work

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

Supervisors: Rebecca PINKUS , Fiona WHITE

Thesis abstract:

Mental health stigma, including stigma expressed by the public and stigma that is internalised by people with mental illness (self-stigma), is associated with a number of detrimenal effects on people with mental illness as well as their friends and family. This thesis examines intergroup contact as an intervention to reduce both public and self- mental health stigma. In the first stream, we investigate whether the stereotypicality of the outgroup member engaged in contact impacts the effectiveness of the intervention, using both imagined contact and E-contact. In the second stream, we examine whether ingroup contact could be an effective intervention for reducing self-stigma in people with mental illness, which no research to date has investigated.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • White, F., Verrelli, S., Maunder, R., Kervinen, A. (2018). Using Electronic Contact to Reduce Homonegative Attitudes, Emotions, and Behavioral Intentions Among Heterosexual Women and Men: A Contemporary Extension of the Contact Hypothesis. Journal of Sex Research. [More Information]

2018

  • White, F., Verrelli, S., Maunder, R., Kervinen, A. (2018). Using Electronic Contact to Reduce Homonegative Attitudes, Emotions, and Behavioral Intentions Among Heterosexual Women and Men: A Contemporary Extension of the Contact Hypothesis. Journal of Sex Research. [More Information]

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