eAbstract: Stereotype Threat Contributes to Social Difficulties in People with Schizophrenia


This online journal abstract discusses the impact that being stereotypically labeled as mentally ill has on schizophrenia patients' behavior in a social setting.

Authors: Henry J, von Hippel C, Shapiro L

Journal: British Journal of Clinical Psychology (March 2010)

Purpose: To determine if “people with schizophrenia would perform more poorly in a social setting in which they felt stereotyped as mentally ill.”

Results: In the study settings, patients did not report any difference in their behavior, but “their social skill was rated by the confederates as poorer in the stereotype threat conversation on three out of the six measures used."

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