Impact of cognitive therapy on internalised stigma in people with at-risk mental states

Morrison, Anthony P, Birchwood, Max, Pyle, Melissa, Flach, Clare, Stewart, Suzanne L K, Byrne, Rory, Patterson, Paul, Jones, Peter B, Fowler, David, Gumley, Andrew I and French, Paul (2013) Impact of cognitive therapy on internalised stigma in people with at-risk mental states. British Journal of Psychiatry, 203 (2). pp. 140-145. ISSN 0007-1250

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Background: Internalised stigma in young people meeting criteria for at-risk mental states (ARMS) has been highlighted as an important issue, and it has been suggested that provision of cognitive therapy may increase such stigma.

Aims: To investigate the effects of cognitive therapy on internalised stigma using a secondary analysis of data from the EDIE-2 trial.

Method: Participants meeting criteria for ARMS were recruited as part of a multisite randomised controlled trial of cognitive therapy for prevention and amelioration of psychosis. Participants were assessed at baseline and at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months using measures of psychotic experiences, symptoms and internalised stigma.

Results: Negative appraisals of experiences were significantly reduced in the group assigned to cognitive therapy (estimated difference at 12 months was –1.36 (95% CI –2.69 to –0.02), P = 0.047). There was no difference in social acceptability of experiences (estimated difference at 12 months was 0.46, 95% CI –0.05 to 0.98, P = 0.079).

Conclusions: These findings suggest that, rather than increasing internalised stigma, cognitive therapy decreases negative appraisals of unusual experiences in young people at risk of psychosis; as such, it is a non-stigmatising intervention for this population.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Alexandra Barnard
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2016 13:37
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 21:07

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