Journal article

Does stigma predict a belief in dealing with depression alone?

Kathleen M Griffiths, Dimity A Crisp, Anthony F Jorm, Helen Christensen

Journal of Affective Disorders | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2011


BACKGROUND: Community surveys indicate that many people with depressive disorders do not obtain professional help and that a preference for self-reliance is an important factor in this treatment gap. The current study sought to investigate whether stigmatising attitudes predict a belief in the helpfulness of dealing with depression without external assistance. METHODS: Data were collected as part of a national household survey of 2000 Australian adults aged 18 years and above. Participants were presented with either a vignette depicting depression (n=1001) or a vignette depicting depression with suicidal ideation (n=999) and asked if it would be helpful or harmful to deal alone with the prob..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this study was provided by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing, the NHMRC, and "beyondblue: the national depression initiative". None of the funding partners had a role in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the paper for publication.The survey was funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing, a National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant, and "beyondblue: the national depression initiative". KG is supported by NHMRC Fellowship No. 525413, HC by Fellowship No. 525411 and AJ by NHMRC Fellowship number was 40001. We thank Kelly Blewitt for her work on this survey and Andrew Mackinnon for statistical advice.