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A Contagious Other? Exploring the Public’s Appraisals of Contact with ‘Mental Illness’

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, London SE5 8AB, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(6), 2005; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17062005
Received: 16 January 2020 / Revised: 11 March 2020 / Accepted: 16 March 2020 / Published: 18 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Communication and Public Health)
Mental illness has recurrently been found to be Othered by the lay public, although few researchers have examined the affective and implicit processes involved. To explore this, we triangulated facial electromyography (EMG), self-reports, and individual interview data, finding participants to Other mental illness, a process that involved disgust, fear and pity. Furthermore, mental illness was considered to have the potential to permeate, posing a contagious threat. This research highlights the need to fully explore the forms of understanding, which maintain mental-health related stigma, including beliefs about contamination, and the implications this may have for the design of anti-stigma campaigns. View Full-Text
Keywords: public understanding of science; implicit stigma; risk perception; embodied cognition; affect; contact theory; mixed-methods; social representations; mental illness public understanding of science; implicit stigma; risk perception; embodied cognition; affect; contact theory; mixed-methods; social representations; mental illness
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Walsh, D.; Foster, J. A Contagious Other? Exploring the Public’s Appraisals of Contact with ‘Mental Illness’. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2005. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17062005

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Walsh D, Foster J. A Contagious Other? Exploring the Public’s Appraisals of Contact with ‘Mental Illness’. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(6):2005. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17062005

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Walsh, Daniel, and Juliet Foster. 2020. "A Contagious Other? Exploring the Public’s Appraisals of Contact with ‘Mental Illness’" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 6: 2005. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17062005

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