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The malleability of stigmatizing attitudes: Combining imagined social contact with implicit attitude feedback

Pennington, Charlotte, R, Campbell, Claire, Monk, Rebecca, L. and Heim, Derek (2016) The malleability of stigmatizing attitudes: Combining imagined social contact with implicit attitude feedback. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 19 (3). pp. 175-195. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15487768.2016.1171175

DOI: 10.1080/15487768.2016.1171175

Abstract

Research is reported that examines whether imagined social contact combined with implicit attitude feedback may be an effective intervention for inducing changes in attitudes toward mental ill health. The Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) captured participants’ implicit attitudes toward indivi- duals with a mental illness and provided a measure of attitude bias. Forty-eight participants (17 male, 95.8% White British) were randomly assigned to one of four experimental conditions: (1) Imagined social contact with implicit attitude feedback, (2) imagined social contact without feedback, (3) control with feedback, and (4) control without feedback. This resulted in a data set detailing 12,288 implicit responses, with each participant completing 256 IRAP trials. Participants then completed an attitude change assessment 24 hours later. Results revealed that imagined social contact was successful in changing implicit attitudes, with the addition of implicit attitude feedback further strengthening participants’ positive attitudes toward mental ill health. Explicit attitudes remained unaffected. These findings are the first to highlight the practical importance of combining imagined social contact with implicit attitude feedback to improve attitudes toward out-groups who are stigmatized.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Attitude change; explicit attitudes; Implicit Association Test; implicit attitudes; Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure; mental illness; public stigma
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict and Equality
Psychology Research Institute > Health, Education and Well-being
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:39564
Deposited By: Dr Claire Campbell
Deposited On:25 Apr 2018 11:24
Last Modified:25 Apr 2018 11:24

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