ERIC Number: ED447402
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Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Stigma of Psychotherapy: It's Not OK To Get Help.
Slavet, James D.; Parker, Lisa; Kitowicz, Jennifer M.; MacDonald, Marian L.
This paper describes two studies conducted to determine whether there is a stigma associated with being in psychotherapy and if so, how that stigma compares with the well-documented stigma associated with mental illness (Wahl, 1995). In the first study, community members (n=89) were asked to listen to an audiotaped statement from a young man. All participants listened to the same statement, and were either told the statement was from a college student, a college student in psychotherapy, or a college student who is mentally ill. The prediction that the college student in psychotherapy and the college student who is mentally ill would be rated similarly was partially supported. In the second study, the procedures were identical except that the participants (n=76) were asked to read a written transcript of the same audiotaped statement. Again, the prediction that the college student in psychotherapy and the college student who is mentally ill would be rated similarly was partially supported. Results suggest that persons in psychotherapy and persons designated as mentally ill are seen as no different from each other, but very different from persons believed to be normal. (JDM)
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