How do differential explanations of voice-hearing influence attributions and behavioural intentions towards voice-hearers?

Kingston, Deborah and Moghaddam, Nima and Dawson, Dave (2016) How do differential explanations of voice-hearing influence attributions and behavioural intentions towards voice-hearers? Psychiatry Research, 237 . pp. 208-217. ISSN 0165-1781

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2016.01.039

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Abstract

Explanations regarding the etiology of mental health difficulties have been found to affect public attitudes towards those who experience such difficulties. Utilizing a large, randomized parallel-groups design (N=1,004), we examined how standardized differential explanations of voice-hearing influence public attitudes, attributions, and behavioral intentions towards voice-hearers. Additionally, we incorporated a behavioral outcome measure to examine whether reported behavioral intentions towards voice-hearers were related to responses towards an individual with a history of voice-hearing. Consistent with attribution theory, mediated pathways between attributions and intentions were identified: broadly, viewing the voice-hearer's behavior as dangerous, within their personal responsibility, and global was associated with more coercive intentions – and these were mediated by feelings of fear, anger, and pity. Reported behavioral intentions demonstrated small-to-moderate associations with our behavioral outcome measure. The findings suggest that explanations regarding the etiology of mental health difficulties that seek to reduce public attributions of dangerousness, personal responsibility, and globality may facilitate more helpful responses towards voice-hearers.

Keywords:Stigma, Attributions, mental health, Voice-hearing, Public attitudes, NotOAChecked
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2016 09:13

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