How Do Children Stigmatize People With Mental Illness?
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2007
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 7, pages 1405–1417, July 2007
How to Cite
Corrigan, P. W., Watson, A. C., Otey, E., Westbrook, A. L., Gardner, A. L., Lamb, T. A. and Fenton, W. S. (2007), How Do Children Stigmatize People With Mental Illness?. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37: 1405–1417. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00218.x
- Issue published online: 26 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2007
A way to promote eliminating stigma surrounding mental illnesses is targeting the phenomenon in children. This study's purpose is to validate models of mental illness stigma on children in Grades 6–8. Children completed the revised Attribution Questionnaire in a pretest of a larger study on a mental health education program. Data from this study permitted testing of roles of demographics in these social cognitive models. Subsequent analyses using manifest model structural equations were mixed, but mostly showed adequate fit for multiple versions of the models. These results suggest that models of blame and dangerousness are relevant to the way 10 to 13-year-olds stigmatize mental illness. Demographics were not found to fit these models satisfactorily. Implications of these findings for stigma-change agenda are discussed.