Self-Stigma Reduction Group for People With Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Daniel YOUNG*, Petrus Y N NG, Patrick Corrigan, Renee CHIU, Shuyan YANG

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Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) on reducing self-stigma in Chinese people with depression. Methods: By adopting a randomized controlled trial design, 62 participants with clinical depression were randomly assigned to a 10-session CBT or treatment as usual. Standardized assessment tools were used to assess the self-stigma and depressive symptoms in the pre- and posttreatment periods by a research assistant who was blind to the group assignment of the participants. Results: The results of the 2 × 2 repeated measures of covariance (analysis of covariance) demonstrated that after completing the therapy, the treatment group had significantly lower self-stigma scores than the control group. Additionally, the reduction in self-stigmatizing beliefs predicted a reduction in depressive symptoms in participants. Conclusion: This study demonstrates the efficacy and effectiveness of a CBT group intervention in reducing self-stigma for people with clinical depression living in Chinese society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846-857
Number of pages12
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • cognitive behavior therapy
  • depression
  • randomized controlled trial
  • self-stigma


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