Category: Schizophrenia / Psychotic Disorders

Symposium

Effectiveness Testing of a Peer-Led Photovoice-Based Intervention to Reduce Self-Stigma and Promote Proactive Coping With Public Stigma

Saturday, November 18
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Aqua Salon A & B, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Stigma | Severe Mental Illness | Group Therapy
Presentation Type: Symposium

This presentation will discuss findings from two randomized studies testing the effectiveness of a peer-led Anti-Stigma Photovoice (ASP) intervention targeting reduction of self-stigma and increase in proactive coping with public stigma and in community functioning among individuals with serious mental illnesses. The ASP program is a 10-week manualized group intervention integrating Photovoice methodology with restructuring of negative stereotypes, teaching of proactive strategies to cope with personal and public stigma, and psychoeducational components. The ASP program was initially tested with a pilot randomized study (N=82) through a grant co-funded by NIDILRR and SAMHSA and is currently being evaluated with a larger randomized controlled trial (N=192) funded by a NIMH R01 grant. The pilot study was conducted in a university-based Recovery Center and compared the ASP program to a waitlist control condition. The larger trial is being conducted in a large community mental health agency and compares the ASP program to an enhanced services as usual (SAU) condition.


 Results from the pilot study showed significantly greater improvements in measures of self-stigma, proactive coping with stigma, and personal growth for individuals in the ASP program over usual care at post-treatment and 3-month follow-up. These findings are supported and further expanded by data from the exit focus groups conducted at each study wave with participants in the experimental ASP condition. Findings from the qualitative analysis of participants’ Photovoice works will be presented as well.

Vasudha Gidugu

Research Fellow
Boston University

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