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28.02.2020 | Original Article

Effects of contact-based, short-term anti-stigma training for medical students

Results from a randomized controlled trial

verfasst von: Dominik Wechsler, Georg Schomerus, Candelaria Mahlke, Thomas Bock

Erschienen in: neuropsychiatrie | Ausgabe 2/2020

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Summary

Background

Mental health stigma (MHS) places a burden on those affected that far exceeds psychosocial harms. Contact-based anti-stigma work has been found effective for several target groups. For medical students however, its efficacy remains unclear.

Aim

The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of contact-based, trialogic anti-stigma training for medical students.

Methods

A randomized controlled trial (RCT) was conducted, controlling for standard clinical placement in psychiatry. External validity was maximized by including all students (n = 204) who started their 6‑week obligatory psychiatry course during the study period between March and July 2018. Assessments were conducted at the beginning of each of the two covered terms and immediately postintervention.

Results

Students who received the anti-stigma training displayed significantly less stigmatizing attitudes after the intervention, measured using the MICA (Mental Illness—Clinicians’ Attitudes) scale as primary outcome. Analogous findings were noted for social distance and stereotypes, whereas these could not be observed for emotional reactions. All significant changes were independent of gender and age.

Conclusion

The positive results underpin the research in this field and point towards the inclusion of comparable interventions in regular student curricula. Given the limitation of a missing late follow-up, however, further research regarding the persistence of stigma reduction is needed.
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Metadaten
Titel
Effects of contact-based, short-term anti-stigma training for medical students
Results from a randomized controlled trial
verfasst von
Dominik Wechsler
Georg Schomerus
Candelaria Mahlke
Thomas Bock
Publikationsdatum
28.02.2020
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
neuropsychiatrie / Ausgabe 2/2020
Print ISSN: 0948-6259
Elektronische ISSN: 2194-1327
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s40211-020-00337-x

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