Explaining prejudice toward the mentally ill: A test of sociopolitical, demographic, and socioeconomic factors

Johansson, O. J. and Kunst, J. R. (2017) Explaining prejudice toward the mentally ill: A test of sociopolitical, demographic, and socioeconomic factors. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

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Abstract

People with mental disorders often face prejudices that can further deteriorate their condition. We tested whether Social Dominance Orientation (SDO), Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA), and Belief in a Just World (BJW), and characteristics of the mentally ill predict such prejudices. Both in a general population sample and a sample of health professionals and trainees, SDO, but not RWA and BJW, predicted more prejudice, although this pattern was less pronounced among health professionals/trainees. BJW interacted with the targets’ gender in Study 1, predicting less empathy toward a male but not toward a female mentally ill person. In Study 2, depressed individuals were blamed more for their illness than those with schizophrenia or cancer. Implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Kulturwissenschaften, cultural studies
Depositing User: Sondre Erstad
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 12:02
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2017 12:09
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/2570

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