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ERIC Number: EJ1166293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Reducing the Mental Health-Related Stigma of Social Work Students: A Cluster RCT
Rubio-Valera, Maria; Aznar-Lou, Ignacio; Vives-Collet, Mireia; Fernández, Ana; Gil-Girbau, Montserrat; Serrano-Blanco, Antoni
Research on Social Work Practice, v28 n2 p164-172 Feb 2018
The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of a social contact and education intervention to improve attitudes to mental illness in first-year social work students. This was a 3-month cluster randomized controlled trial with two parallel arms: intervention (87) and control group (79). The intervention was a workshop led by an OBERTAMENT activist (a person with a mental illness trained in communication skills and empowerment by a social worker). We assessed intended future behavior toward people with mental illness, personal and perceived stigma, and mental health-related attitudes (self-reported questionnaire). The intervention improved social work students' attitudes (d ˜ 0.50, p < 0.05) and reduced personal stigma toward people with mental illness (d = 0.35, p = 0.04) as well as improving their future intended behavior 2 weeks after the intervention (d = 0.51, p = 0.01). The intervention impact on authoritarian attitudes toward people with schizophrenia was maintained after 3 months (d = 0.94, p = 0.01). Long-term impact needs to be improved.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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