Causal Beliefs Of The Public And Social Acceptance Of Persons With Mental Illness

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Schomerus, G., Malschinger, H., Angermeyer, M. C. (2014). Causal beliefs of the public and social acceptance of persons with mental illness: A comparative analysis of schizophrenia, depression and alcohol dependence. Psychological Medicine, 44, 303-314. The present study completed by Schomerus, Malschinger, & Angermeyer (2014) set out to examine how perceptions and beliefs about individuals with mental health disorders may be improved by “biological illness explanations” (p. 303). According to the authors, previous research examining the association “between causal beliefs and social acceptance” (p. 303) had hoped that by increasing understanding of the biological causes of these mental health disorders would increase acceptance. (Schomerus et al., 2014). However, previous literature has shown that though the general understanding of mental health issues has increased, this knowledge has not led to significant improvements in social acceptance (Schomerus et al., 2014). In the reviewed study, the authors used path model analysis in conjunction with factor analysis to investigate a number of potential theoretical explanation related to perceptions of individuals suffering from “schizophrenia, depression, and alcohol dependence” (Schomerus et al., 2014, p. 303). However, Schomerus et al. (2014) state that no scale for measuring different factors within causal beliefs existed, so a scale was developed. This review will focus on this scale development. Schomerus et al. (2014)

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