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To help or hinder: Do the labels and models used to describe problematic substance use influence public stigma?use asterix (*) to get italics
Charlotte R. Pennington, Rebecca L. Monk, Derek Heim, Abi K. Rose, Thomas Gough, Ross Clarke, Graeme Knibb, and Andrew Jones.Please use the format "First name initials family name" as in "Marie S. Curie, Niels H. D. Bohr, Albert Einstein, John R. R. Tolkien, Donna T. Strickland"
<p>Objectives: Problematic substance use is one of the most stigmatised health conditions, leading research to examine how the labels and models used to describe it influence public stigma. Two recent studies examine whether beliefs in a disease model of addiction influence public stigma but result in equivocal findings – in line with the mixed-blessings model, Kelly et al. (2021) found that whilst the label ‘chronically relapsing brain disease’ reduced blame attribution, it decreased prognostic optimism and increased perceived danger and need for continued care, however, Rundle et al. (2021) conclude absence of evidence. The current study therefore aims to isolate the different manipulations and measures used in these two studies to assess whether health condition (drug use vs. health concern), aetiological label (brain disease vs. problem), and attributional judgement (low vs. high treatment stability) influence public stigma towards problematic substance use. Methods: A sample of XXX participants were randomly allocated to one of eight vignette conditions that manipulated the aforementioned factors. They then completed self-report measures of discrete and general public stigma and an indirect measure of discrimination. Results: [HERE WE WILL DESCRIBE THE RESULTS]. Conclusions: This study advances knowledge regarding the labels and models that lessen or exacerbate the public stigma associated with substance use, with a view to informing public health strategies and stigma-reduction interventions.</p>
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problematic substance use; addiction; stigma; discrimination; vignettes; models of addiction; brain disease.
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2021-10-28 13:26:28
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