CMH Seminar: 20th September 2018 – Investigating Stigma of Depression from the Perspective of Social and Clinical Psychology

12-1pm, Thursday 20th September 2018
Seminar Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: Dr Jun Kashihara – postdoctoral research fellow of the College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, as well as an honorary postdoctoral scholar at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

Stigma prevents people with depression from seeking professional help and can decrease the public’s willingness to provide mental health first aid. Although plenty of stigma-reduction programs have been conducted so far, there remains room to amplify the effectiveness of these programs. To provide new insights into the research on stigma of depression, this presentation introduces the findings from two studies which utilised an integrative approach of social and clinical psychology.

The first study focuses on the implicit stigma, or automatic biases in information processing, and shows that the implicit stigma of depression can be effectively reduced by promoting counter-stereotypic exemplars.

The second study focuses on stigma of so-called “modern type depression” in Japan. This study highlights that a certain subtype of depression can be stigmatised severely in the context of collectivistic cultures, based on data from cross-cultural surveys in Japan and the U.S.

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