Internalised stigma in mental health: an investigation of the role of attachment style

Bradstreet, S. , Dodd, A. and Jones, S. (2018) Internalised stigma in mental health: an investigation of the role of attachment style. Psychiatry Research, 270, pp. 1001-1009. (doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2018.03.047) (PMID:29609988)

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Abstract

Internalised stigma is associated with a range of negative outcomes, yet little is known about what determines the internalisation of stigma. In this study we examined the potential role of adult attachment style in the internalisation process in a transdiagnostic sample of adults with experience of recent mental health service use (n = 122), using an online survey. Associations between internalised stigma and perceived public stigma were tested. We also examined whether anxious and avoidant (insecure) attachment styles were positively associated with a significant amount of variance in internalised stigma when controlling for other variables, and whether the relationship between perceived public stigma and internalised stigma was moderated by anxious and avoidant attachment. We found that internalised stigma, perceived public stigma and insecure attachment were commonly reported and that internalised stigma was positively associated with perceived public stigma. However, neither anxious or avoidant attachment were associated with a significant amount of variance in internalised stigma and we found no moderating effect on the relationship between perceived public stigma and internalised stigma for insecure attachment. Despite mixed results, the strength of association between anxious attachment and internalised stigma suggests further research, which addresses some limitations of the current study, is warranted.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bradstreet, Dr Simon
Authors: Bradstreet, S., Dodd, A., and Jones, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Psychiatry Research
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0165-1781
ISSN (Online):1872-7123
Published Online:21 March 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
First Published:First published in Psychiatry Research 270: 1001-1009
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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