A randomized controlled trial of a peer-run antistigma photovoice intervention

Zlatka Russinova, E Sally Rogers, Cheryl Gagne, Philippe Bloch, Keith M Drake, Kim T Mueser
Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association 2014 February 1, 65 (2): 242-6

OBJECTIVE: Psychiatric stigma is a major barrier to the recovery of persons with serious mental illnesses. This study tested the efficacy of an innovative peer-run photography-based intervention, called antistigma photovoice, which targets self-stigma and promotes proactive coping with public stigma.

METHODS: A total of 82 individuals with serious mental illnesses enrolled at a university-based recovery center were randomly assigned to the antistigma photovoice program or to a wait-list control group. Mixed-effects regression models were used to examine the impact of photovoice on self-stigma, coping with stigma, empowerment, perceived recovery, self-efficacy, and depression.

RESULTS: Participation in the photovoice intervention was associated with significantly reduced self-stigma, greater use of proactive coping with societal stigma, greater increase in a sense of community activism, and perceived recovery and growth.

CONCLUSIONS: The photovoice intervention demonstrated promise for reducing self-stigma and enhancing proactive coping with prejudice and discrimination.

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