Online Program

Stepping Back To Step Forward: Launching the Second Resurgence In Researching and Reducing the Stigma Of Mental Illness

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Bernice Pescosolido, PhD, Department of Sociology, Indiana Univeresity, Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Efforts to understand and reduce stigma have a long and uneven history. The current moment is laden with great promise and well-known pitfalls. This presentation provides an overview of conceptual, methodological, and data issues – its intent is to provide context and help launch the next generation of stigma research, policymaking, and program development.

The presentation will offer: a discussion of the theoretical pathways to mount stigma studies; methodological challenges that plague stigma research; and new solutions and positive directions for change.  The presentation ends with an example - a discussion of the nature, progress, and set-backs in Bring Change 2 Mind’s program to create stigma-free zones in higher education: “The College Toolbox Project.” 

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Define and differentiate the types, variants and measures of mental illness stigma Assess progress-to-date in research Describe new findings addressing key issues in stigma research Discuss the foundation for one new approach, BC2M’s The College Toolbox Project

Keyword(s): Health Systems Transformation, Health Promotion and Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As the co-leader of the National Stigma Studies in the U.S. and the Stigma in Global Context Study, I have been involved in conceptualizing, measuring, collecting data, and publishing findings on the levels and roots of stigma of mental illness since the 1990s, a time when the concern for understanding stigma and the potential for change experienced a resurgence.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.